Short-term weight loss is easy. Long-term weight loss is much harder to achieve.
However, you know people who are permanently in beach-ready shape, so it is possible to be lean for life.
This begs the question: how can you lose the weight for good?
The answer is not found in a single habit or action, but rather in the following 5 Lean for Life Habits…
Habit #1: Reimagine Yourself
Up until now you’ve accepted the shape that you are in, and even if you hate it, you’re comfortable with it.
Read that again to make sure it sinks in.
You are comfortable with the body that you have right now, and until you decide it’s no longer comfortable then you’ll be stuck in the shape that you currently have.
Now spend time reimagining yourself healthier, happier and leaner.
Really let that new image sink in until you’re more comfortable with it than you are with the image of your current body.
Rinse and repeat.
The clearer you can see and feel and imagine yourself in a fitter, leaner body, the more urgency and desire you will create to achieve and maintain it.
Habit #2: Break-Up With Sugar
"Look, Sugar, we have to break up. It’s not you; it’s me. Sure, we’ve had some good times. You’ve tickled my sweet tooth and pleased my taste buds, but loving you is a double-edged sword that leaves me heavy and out of shape. So this is it, we are through!"
As silly as that sounded, your relationship with sugar is holding you back from living in a lean for life body.
It’s not only refined sugar that is messing with your body composition; in order to be lean for life you’ll also need to manage your intake of natural sugars.
The good news is that every day spent without sugar will make the next day that much easier and your cravings will become that much weaker.
Now i'm not saying you can't ever have sugar, that would make life very dull wouldn't it?
But by drastically reducing it, can only help improve your chances of achieving your goals.
Stay strong and soon you’ll be more than happy with the occasional sweet treat rather than the all-day sugar drip that’s sabotaging your results.
Habit #3: Forget Dieting
Going on a “diet” implies a start and end date, but if you really want to change your body composition for good then there is no end to your healthy lifestyle.
It’s a marathon of adapting to healthier (and healthier!) habits to maintain for the rest of your life.
The day that you stop trying is the day that your body reverts to its old (less svelte) shape.
Don’t worry, the more time that you get under your belt with healthy living, the easier it becomes.
Soon your lean for life habits will feel like a normal day – just as your current habits feel like a normal day now.
The key is to stick with it until the habits fully stick, and to vigorously fight the urge to give up.
Habit #4: Plan Your Favourite Foods
Being lean for life doesn’t mean swearing off pizza and ice cream for the rest of your days. (Thank goodness!)
On the contrary, you’ll find that if you're exercising more, eating healthier 80% of the time and seeing continuous progress then having some of your favourite foods now and again are more enjoyable than ever before.
The fun thing about enjoying your favourite foods while living a lean lifestyle is that there is absolutely zero guilt associated with the pleasure.
Most of us experience twinges of guilt associated with most of our meals, because in the back of our mind is the thought that we should really be eating healthier in order to lose the weight that we have yet to lose.
Once you’ve lost the fat and are actively living a lean life those fave foods will be a 100% pleasure!
Habit #5: Be Part of a Fitness Family
Belonging to a group of fellow fitness enthusiasts is key to making and maintaining your body transformation.
Being fit is easier achieved in a supportive and encouraging group, rather than alone.
The accountability provided from your fitness peers will save you from missing workouts and will get you to push yourself to try harder.
One of the most gratifying parts of being in a fitness family is the day when your support makes an impact on a new member.
To give the encouragement that was given to you is a special moment that will stick with you and will re-commit you to your fitness lifestyle.
I have created a fitness family that I’d love for you to join. The Perth Fitness Camp's very own flagship UNSTOPPABLE 28 Day Challenge might just be the perfect fit for you....
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Coach @ The Perth Fitness Camp
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