Mar 03 2017

Weightloss Considerations

Three Considerations When Trying To Lose A Lot Of Weight Helping people lose weight is my passion.  I rarely train guys to get ripped, nor for bodybuilding – it’s too easy, there’s no challenge.  Losing weight is life changing, getting abs may be holiday photo defining, but that’s it.  People…

Three Considerations When Trying To Lose A Lot Of Weight

Helping people lose weight is my passion.  I rarely train guys to get ripped, nor for bodybuilding – it’s too easy, there’s no challenge.  Losing weight is life changing, getting abs may be holiday photo defining, but that’s it.  People put on weight for a number of issues, and when you’re successful at helping your client overcome those, it’s immensely rewarding.  But the journey is more than physical, it’s metal. 

  1. HAVE A CLEAR GOAL.

When you’re overweight you just want to get the fat off you quick!  Seeing those dimples and tyres is upsetting & obvious, so that’s what you focus on.  Easier said than done but you need to resist focusing on the negative, you want to focus on a positive goal.  Aim for a weight, a dress size even a trouser size.Your goal should be ambitious but achievable, quantitative not a general feeling or look.  Most importantly NEVER stop until you destroy it! 

Far too many people see the change, receive complements from their friends and say to themselves, “well I’m not as fat as I used to be, and I look a lot better” so they stop.  Just because you’re not as overweight as you use to be, doesn’t mean you’re not overweight! 

  1. WHAT NEXT? The most depressing thing about being a coach is seeing someone lose a tonne of weight and them put most of it back on.

I’ve seen it too many times.  The old excuses come creeping in, and the weight pours back on, “Oh it was a special occasion… It was an unusual week, blah, blah”.  I’m a believer that when you’ve been a certain weight for some time you baseline there.  You hover over or under a certain weight, “Oh, I’m between 80 & 85KG.”  Then over time it re-baselines higher or lower dependant on your activity levels.  The problem happens if you lose a tonne of weight your body still has you baselined at the higher weight! 

It’ll take longer than it took for you to lose the weight, to re-baseline.  You need a ‘next goal’, preferably where your body composition is important.  For guys I recommend chin ups, girls press ups, with both these challenges you cannot balloon back up, and the sense of achievement from both is insurmountable.

  1. TAKE IT SLOW Everyone wants it now, instant gratification [how-to-stop-sabotaging-your-fitness-goals] – especially as we get older, but there was time you were happy to spend five years learning how to write your own name!  Remember instant gratification is the reason you have weight to lose. 

There’s a saying amongst coaches, the quicker you lose it, the quicker you put it back on!  Why is this?  Well in my experience (other than the baseline weight), you haven’t taken the time to develop the skills to be at your new weight:  Portion size, activity levels, how to manage social situations where food and drink is involved, all these have been glossed over.  You need to develop habits that’ll last a lift time, and you’ll need time to overturn those that damaged you, 20, 30 years of bad habits and excess can’t be overturned in even as many weeks!

Anyone can get fit.  When I served with the PARAS there were loads of Corporals that were overweight, but they could shift it when they needed to. 

 

 

Author

Salman