You can dump fat permanently by simply starting with your mind.
Through education and sound knowledge on knowing how your body burns and stores fat means that you are in a strong position to finally shed the weight once and for all.
Knowing how to recognize fad diets and how to avoid them means that you are so much more ahead of the game than you were before. You won’t be tempted to fall for these fly by night diets that promise the earth and deliver nothing but disappointment.
You have also learned that it is a lifestyle that you are pursuing and not a quick fix. It was years of habit forming eating that got you here in the first place and it would take more than a week’s worth of dieting to undo it. It can be done, you can do it. The thing that you should be excited about is that now you finally have the answers to really do it this time and not some band aid temporary solution to a lifelong struggle.
As you can see, weight loss is so much more than just the weight itself. It’s more than just looking good or being able to fit into something, although those things have their importance. Weight loss is a holistic thing because it goes deeper than just the issue of the weight itself. It encompasses the drives and motivations as to how we got there in the first place.
So to get rid of the weight once and for all it requires some serious thinking on your part to identify the root cause of the matter and as you have read in previous chapters, it’s more often than not more than just the physical weight itself that is the problem. Once you understand this, the weight will not only come off but it will stay off for good.
The Simple Truth About Alcohol
Some people will not like the advice I give here. But at the end of the day: Get over it. In my experience with helping hundreds of people ,alcohol is usually the one thing they find the hardest to let go of.
Some 'experts' say there are health benefits from consuming a single drink per day, such as reducing the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure). If you are trying to lose weight, that one drink may well sabotage your progress, and let's be honest shall we; who REALLY only has one drink when they sit down for dinner and open that bottle of wine?
Alcohol is processed by your body differently than other drinks and foods. Normally, you get energy to live from the calories in fat, protein and carbohydrates contained in food. These are digested slowly in the stomach but a problem occurs when alcohol is present. Alcohol is absorbed directly through the stomach lining and can arrive at the brain and liver within minutes.
Because the alcohol has jumped ahead of the cue, the liver needs to process it with priority, therefore leaving carbohydrates and fats more likely to be transported away to fat storage sites in the body (your bum, thighs, hips, stomach, back of arms etc.) This is particularly problematic when food and alcohol have been consumed at the same time. Hence why having a large evening meal over a bottle of wine does nothing for your chances of dropping a dress size or two.
There is no nutritional value offered by alcohol and it contains a whooping 7 calories per gram. This means the calories are completely useless (apart from making you fat).
Alcohol will cause loss of water and dehydration as it is a diuretic. When you lose water you also lose essential minerals including zinc, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Without these, it becomes difficult for your body to execute chemical reactions, perform controlled muscle contractions and maintain optimal fluid balance.
A noticeable increase of stomach acid has been attributed with drinking alcohol, which over time can lead to ulcers, liver disease and heart conditions. A big issue with alcohol is that it lowers your inhibitions which can be very detrimental to your fat loss goals. By stimulating your appetite and reducing your will power, it's not surprising that alcohol will more likely have you overeating the wrong choices like takeaway and fried foods.
Some people try skipping a daily meal so they can 'save' the calories for drinking later. This is a big mistake. You will arrive at the pub hungry and after a few drinks you'll be snacking on chips, dips and eventually crack under the pressure and order a basket of deep fried wedges with sour cream!
If you do drink when you are out, avoid mixing alcohol with sugary mixers. Classic examples of these combos are rum and coke, Bacardi and lemonade and any premixed alcoholic drink in a can like Canadian club. When choosing mixers, make it a diet / sugar free version (diet coke, coke zero). Vodka is the lowest calories and mixed with soda and a wedge of lime is a good combo. At the end of the day, this advice is only worthwhile if you drink moderately. If you go out every weekend and get totally smashed then you are kidding yourself if you think you'll ever get the body you dream of.
Bottom line: Every drink you have will slow your weight loss progress so save the drinks for the weekend and only a few glasses per session or you'll ruin all the good work you've accomplished.
My advice is, if you are truly serious and committed to transforming your body then holding back on drinking alcohol should be a doddle, a n absolute breeze. The benefits of having a slim, sexy and attractive body should far outweigh the reality of slowing drinking yourself fat every night. If this isn't the case, you need to go back and work on setting and visualizing your goals again.
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My name is Dave Hagger, founder of Seriously Fit Bootcamp
As a fitness professional I frequently meet people who want to lose weight but just have no idea where to start.