Whether it’s from a Doctor, Dietician, or Dental Hygienist you here the same “healthy” information over and over again. Without getting into some myth’s these “experts” usually explain like the lipid hypothesis, or how aerobic based training is best for fat loss, you generally know what you should be doing to get leaner. So what’s the real problem for achieving fat loss?
Generally speaking it’s not the training or nutrition program at all, nor is it Jillian Michael’s on national TV saying she coined the phrase “metabolic conditioning” (Arthur Jones did). The real issue is compliance. The point of this post is to help you understand some reasons why you may be struggling to adhere to a training or nutrition system.
(With a resolution you actually resolve something, so If you already broke your new years “goals”, you may want to keep on reading)
YOU MUST “RAISE YOUR STANDARDS” -Tony Robbins
I have to say, I am with Tony Robbins on this one. If you have not heard of Tony, I strongly suggest you look him up. In short he is a coach who has built his business on the results he creates. He helps people create happy and successful lives and also happens to be an awesome public speaker.
If you are willing to understand the impact this quote can have on your life you are going to be a very happy person. From relationships, to finances, to fat loss (which is the purpose of this post) these three words will change your life.
When you raise your standards instead of per say setting goals, you begin to identify yourself in new ways. Do you ever notice you live up to your standards, but you don’t live up to your goals? The only catch (like Tony mentions) is that you must back these standards up with strong enough reasons and rituals. Don’t just say I am going to lose 10lbs. What makes the goal real is rituals or behaviors.
Also note: Don’t “raise your standards” around people with low standards, surround yourself with successful people first. If you are competing with “low standards people” you will barely have to change your life. You will look at that person and say my life is great compared to theirs. This is an illusion of happiness. The only thing that will truly get you results and make you happy is to raise your standards and be the best you possibly can.
I don’t like being cliche, but we are some serious creatures of habit. This can be a wonderful thing.
Since this article is about fat loss, look at some of the eating and training habits you have. Do you eat fruits and most of the time or very little of the time? Even if you say, “I eat different everyday” you are eating differently consistently therefore forming a ritual. Do you wake up and go get a bagel and hot chocolate, or do you wake up 10 minutes earlier to make and prepare your own food? Do you tell yourself you don’t have time for the gym today, or do you tell yourself you are going to make time for it no matter what? Hopefully you can see where I am going with this.
Rituals, habits, and patterns are what define us. Especially in the long run. (Sticking with the cosmetic approach of fitness) I like the quote “your body is your life’s work”. If you have an awesome physique, you have different rituals than someone who doesn’t have such an awesome physique. People are rewarded in public for what they practice behind the scenes. Success takes time and results don’t happen overnight. Dig deeper into what makes you or others achieve greatness. Tony Robbins deserves credit for A LOT of the information in this paragraph as well.
Measurable goals are needed, but focusing on behavior is key.
Do you think you would lose more body fat having the “goal” of losing 10 pounds, or by preparing healthier meals for the week on every Sunday? When you emphasize behaviors over goals you often get the results you aim for anyways. The only difference is that when you do this you discover lasting change. Not 1-2 week change.
STAY SIMPLE & BUILD ON SUCCESS
Generally, I notice that when most people need to change a behavior overwhelming them is the worst thing you can possibly do. If you make a person feel anxious about achieving their goals you will both most likely fail. I absolutely believe that the less you give, the more people comply.
For example if I give the average person some “side work” to help correct some bad posture that consists of a long list of exercises with tons of different sets, reps, tempos, rest times, special techniques, etc. they will most likely become confused and uneasy. This leads to no change, poor compliance, and in my mind that is failure.
On the other hand if the client and I work together, find what’s causing the bad posture in the first place, make some daily adjustments accordingly, and add one small objective to perform a self massage technique for 5-10 minutes a day, they will most likely comply. This way these small easy habits will be formed and you can add on more later. Build confidence and build on success.
“Treat the cause, not the symptom” mentioned above will be another topic for the future.
PROGRAM YOURSELF THROUGH REPETITION!
A lot of people have this mental blockage that stops them from becoming awesome. They are “programmed” to be a certain somewhere and they are not aware of this. This in turn causes them to act and achieve results they believe they should have, not what they can, want, or “must” have. “Musting” is another topic for the future as well.
This affects your behaviors or in other words the whole point of this article.
Before I end though take 10 minutes of your life to watch Bob Proctor in the video below. He gives his take on the subconscious mind, how to change your paradigm and therefore change your life. This is a very powerful concept if you understand the idea and follow through with it. I use this notion daily with myself and others and wouldn’t be preaching it if I haven’t seen it work wonders. As always, I am open to any comments. I look forward to your new mindset and improved compliance! Enjoy.