by Tim · Filed Under: Live Fit
TRIM YOUR WAIST AND GET RID OF THAT UNWANTED BELLY FAT BY MIND CONTROL AND THE MENTAL GAME
Trying to eliminate belly fat and trimming your waist is one of the biggest talked about subjects and myths in the area of losing weight.
My disclosure: I’m not a doctor, don’t claim to be and don’t play one on TV. I’m not a fitness, nutritional or weight management trainer or physician. I’m not saying that any of this will work for you. These are only my experiences and opinions. Now that that’s out of the way……….
The weight loss industry is estimated at a $60 billion dollar a year industry and keeps going up in the United States. But by 2015, 75% of adult Americans will be overweight and 41% will be obese. (John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health). How does this calculate out? A billion dollar a year industry with that big of a percentage of overweight and obesity. Seems unbalanced doesn’t it.
I know this isn’t rocket science by no means, but the reasoning behind this unbalance is people don’t focus on the positive behaviors of living fit. They let excuses and laziness get in the way of this thought pattern. People spend billions of dollars on books, videos, supplements, gym memberships, you name it, all in good intentions. They put this positive thought in their mind, but somehow fall short of reaching their goals, which is good for businesses in the weight management industry, but bad for overweight and obesity.
To prove my point, let’s look at gym memberships. And I know this because I see it year in and year out. Every January millions of people make that BIG New Year’s resolution of getting fit. January through about early March gyms are packed with new comers and veterans that have been going there for years. You have to stand in line just to get on a piece of cardio equipment and the weights area is jam packed. Slowly towards the end of March, lines to the cardio equipment are dwendling. The positive behaviors of the newcomers are starting to go back to old habits and around April gyms are now back the way they used to be, same old faces you’ve seen everyday. Some good in this is that I do see a handful of those new faces that started back in January still kickin’ it with their programs. But a handful is not going to cut it if we want to see these numbers more in balance.
You have to let the mind stay focused on these positive thoughts and get to a point to where you see results and when you do, I promise you will be hooked. I’ve been through it. Just starting out going to the gym and working my tale end off, but seeing no results. I couldn’t understand why this was happening until I realized the duh moment. Which was, you can’t just exercise and keep the same ole crappy eating habits. So I gave that a shot and bingo, the balance between exercise and eating a better diet IS actually true. You can’t go to the gym, then walk out, light up a cigarette and stop by McDonald’s and order a Big Mac, large fries and maybe get one of those chocolate fudge sundae’s for your treat afterwards. Although I will show you in future posts how you can still enjoy the foods you love and still get results.(Note: except cigarettes, if you smoke, please quit)
HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING
Here’s what I see happening with all of these facts. The decision is made to get in better shape and then look for a program to hop on, very strict program at that. But guess what? All the books, dvd’s and such are all very strict programs, both in exercising and diet. You may feel that if you don’t stick to the complete program right down to each and every step, it won’t work. So what happens is, everything gets started on the right track. Exercising regularly, eating a better diet and then something happens. Slowly the old habits start overpowering the will power and eventually takes back over and you quit the whole thing all together and will try again next year, instead of working with these programs within your means.
Instead of just deciding that you want to eat that nice helping of grease during lunch and then getting right back on track, you decide you can’t do this because it’s so damn hard to stick to that healthy eating plan day in and day out. So I guess what I’m trying to say in all my gibberish is that people flock to the “get fit” programs by buying all “get fit” stuff out there and then never follow through because they think you have to stick to these programs to the T, which is why we see the industry being stock piled of cash without seeing the results for their customers.
I want to leave you with a quick proven fact and quick tip on how to avoid it. You probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yes, the claims are correct in saying this, but do you know why besides getting a well balanced breakfast starts your day with all the nutrients and gets your energy flowing? If you start your day eating a healthy meal, your brain is then put into this positive healthy eating pattern for the rest of the day since you started it out right. Let’s say you decide to stop by McD’s for breakfast and order a value meal of pancakes, sausage, hashbrowns or maybe some biscuits and gravy. What happens at lunch? You decide that since you cheated at breakfast, what’s the use in trying to eat healthy the rest of the day, so you decide there’s no use and the whole day becomes a cheat day. And the next day, and then the next. Has this happened to you? Which I have to say is fine every so often, but some people can’t switch their minds back into the positive pattern.
So how to you avoid it? It’s very simple, again not rocket science, but it’s up to you and your will power. If you happen to cheat at breakfast, get right back into healthy at your next snack and lunch. If you can switch back to this at lunch, your brain is back on track for the rest of the day. I’ve done this from time to time and it works like a charm. This also goes for those office party snack days with all the junk sitting in an office cube, but how I avoid not even touching any of it is I don’t bring anything. Selfish, hell no. If you bring something, you feel obligated to indulge, but if you don’t, you feel guilty eating everyone else’s food because you didn’t offer something to share. Try this next time and see if it works for you.
P.S. Here are a couple of recommended programs for you to work within your means and can start seeing results.
- The Diet Solution Program – Why Diets Keep You Fat and Prevent Weight Loss
- Fat Burning Furnace – Fast Weight Loss Tips