What exactly are the Pillars Of Weightloss? What does it all boil down to? And where is it that you need to focus on in order to have the most success? The mistake I find people making are trying to focus on ALL 4 things at once, instead of focusing on one at a time. And when you focus on all at once, you tend to not see the results you had hoped for and you give up before you REALLY GET GOING. Yes, they all interplay together, but it is much easier to get to where you need to be when you hit one at a time and move on to the next slowly. So, what are the 4 pillars of weight loss?
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Now, we have the 4 pillars, BUT what are you going to focus on first? Here are 4 steps to figuring out what you are going to focus on first.
- Make that CHOICE, where are you going to focus? Nutrition, mindset, habits or exercise?
- Make it soooo clear as to what your goal is. Make sure everyone on the street knows what your goal is.
- CONNECT to that goal. It is your WHY. You can see your vision of yourself achieving this goal. You are willing to get creative.
- COURAGE… Courage to keep on going. It isn’t going to be smooth sailing!! Something doesn’t go the way you want, and you give up. So you have to keep going and fight through the malarkey! The BS story’s you tell yourself.
And then working through this, you will get consistency.
Alright, so you have figured out which you are going to focus on first, now let’s dive more into each one of these pillars so you can gain a better understanding of each.
The first we are going to talk about is Nutrition! The great Jack LaLane always said, “Nutrition is Queen and fitness is King.” and so many want to do it the other way around. You want to exercise your way into whatever your goal is, vs focus on nutrition. Nutrition is a loaded freaking question and you have to know what the hell you are eating! So, tracking your food will be key here and I know a lot of people don’t like to do this. BUT look at tracking as your bank account. You need to know what is going on in and out of that bank account, so you NEED to know what is going in that body. So, this means you are going to have to track calories and figure out how many calories you need daily to lose the weight. Let’s start with taking your goal weight and multiplying it by 10, 11, or 12. So 160 x 12 = 1920 calories I need daily to get to that target weight. Or 160 x 10 = 1600 calories to get to your target weight.
Play around with what you are taking in daily and adjust as you see you need it. If you have more than 10 pounds you want to lose, I want you to do these goals in 10-pound increments. I don’t want you to starve. I want this to be attainable. You start here and tweak it as you go. So, you are going to ask yourself, “are you hungry, what is your energy level like, are you craving, what is your sleep like and what is your stress like?” If it is all working well, then stay with this 1920. If all of that stuff isn’t working, then we need to start looking closer at this number.
You must track your food, especially if you are one of those people that life always happens, and you just don’t eat as much as you should, or you are easily tempted. I challenge you to sit down and write about what you are going to eat for the next 24 hours.
Soups, shakes, scrambles and salads. In all of these things, you are able to get a variety of foods. And they are soo easy to add in protein and eat them any time of the day, as long as it makes it easy for you to get in quality meals.
Pillar number 2 we are going to talk about is Exercise. For many people, exercise is easy. And then there are other people that ask me, how do I burn more calories? But what if you are not able to spend 1-2 hours a day at the gym? So, I want you to think of exercise as a vitamin. It is nice to have vitamins and they are good to take it. But it’s not the same as taking blood pressure medication. Right? Exercise is a nice way to put the cherry on top of the sundae.
You have to make a choice. What are you trying to accomplish with this exercise?
- Fat loss?
- Build strength and muscle?
Can I add more strength to my life? Pure strength? The harder you push on that cardio, the harder your metabolism is going to push back and up those cravings. So the best way I know how to burn more calories is to add more muscle to your body. (NOOO you won’t look like a man and get bulky!) This would include strength training to get your body looking fit and fabulous!
I have done multiple podcast episodes on pillar number 3, habits. Habits are my jam and I know for a fact that if you don’t have strong habits, it’s really easy to flip back. One way to create better habits is to stack your habits. Which just means to add an extra habit into habits you are already doing throughout the day.
Taking drinking more water. In order for me to drink coffee, I need to drink water in between cups. This is a great habit for me to create so that I can make sure I am getting enough water throughout my day. I also set my class as a trigger for water. I make sure I drink 16 oz of water before that class is over. This is one simple one that you can start with! BUT DO NOT try starting 500 new habits at once. Pick 1 whether it is trying to break a habit or create a new habit throughout your day. Here is where you have to get the courage. You have to get creative as to how to break a habit or get the courage to and add one in and commit to it.
Let me know in the comments the what habit you’d like to start or stop.
The last and simply not least pillar of weight loss is mindset. And the 2 biggest types of mindset I see are striving for absolute perfection & the all or nothing approach. Perfection, everything has to be perfect, but we have to tweak things as we go so it’s not personal. All or nothing, either eating amazing or no, Can having 2 chocolate chip cookies, take you out of the game.
The key to mindset is to you have to set smaller goals. Create a 24 hour plan. When you wake up and go to bed, this is what is going to happen. And when you write down that blueprint, it is going to stick in your head. It may take more time but write down that plan because I want you to write it out so you can see what you are doing every day. If you see you eat chocolate cookies every day. How is this adding or subtracting from your goals?
Writing things down also helps you to ask better questions. IF & THEN. If I have chocolate chip cookies, THEN I am only going to eat one or THEN I am not eating off my kid’s plates. THEN, these are healthier alternatives. But trust me, there will be times with fun foods, but what is going to happen on the other side of that. Balance… So the more you restrict and ban things, the more likely you are going to lose your shit!
So how do you blend foods and not ban foods?Instead of thinking about “I need to take away”… think about “What can I add?”. Focus on something like protein. Can you add 20-30 grams of protein into every meal you eat? Can you have at least 1-2 servings of vegetables with 2-3 meals?
I need you to start asking yourself, “HOW DO I BREAK FREE OF THIS and get that consistency?” So, start by thinking in terms of HOW CAN I WIN. NOT How can I mess this up? How can I achieve the goal today?
So what pillar are you going to start with first? What are the goals you are setting for yourself in your journey? And how can I help you achieve these goals?
STARTING in January, I am going to be doing a 30-day Challenge. And it’s all about strength. How do you build strength? It comes in 2 forms. Strength in your Mindset and in your body. The more strength you build in your body, the less you have to focus on calories because you will than have more muscle in your body to burn those calories!
If you got stronger and had more muscle on your body, how could that change your life?
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