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Laws of Fat Loss: 2
This is the second installment of my 10 laws of fat loss. The next five laws are no less important than the first five. Remember, stick to the plan! I know it can be difficult to stick to a fat-loss eating plan, but always remind yourself of your goals and what you want to achieve.
6) Eat Vegetables
Use the power of vegetables to help you reach your goals. Vegetables are the most nutrient dense food around meaning that you can eat a tremendous quantity of vegetables and consume very few calories. The high fiber content of vegetables also causes your body to work very hard just to digest the vegetables, which means that the calories you do consume are all burned up just in the digestion process. So, in turn, vegetables are negative calories! If you get hungry you can always add more vegetables with no fear of hurting your fat loss efforts (Fried okra does not count!)
7) Pick a Plan That Works for You
Pick a nutrition plan that you can live with and have faith in. If you cannot consistently follow a nutritional program, you will never have success with it. A good rule to remember is that any diet that you eventually come off of will fail in the long run. To have success you must incorporate a nutritional program that you can follow for the rest of your life. This requires a lifestyle change and commitment on your part. It is also important that you have faith and confidence in your fat loss nutrition program. If you do not truly believe that something is going to work for you, then you won’t stick with it.
Cheat if you want, but know the consequences of excessive overindulgence. Having a cheat day or cheat meal every week or every two weeks, in which you allow yourself to eat whatever food you are craving, is a great way to help you stick with your nutritional program. Cheat days give us a mental break and allow us to enjoy some of our favorite foods so that we don’t feel deprived. However, don’t fool yourself into thinking that your body needs these cheat days. Be careful of the quantity of food you eat on your cheat day. If your cheat meal turns into a full day of pigging-out on everything in sight, you can easily undo all of the hard work you put in the week before.
9) Stay Focused
Keep your eye on the prize. Eating to lose body fat is tough. I am not going to lie and say it isn’t. There will undoubtedly be times when you feel like giving up and accepting the fact that you can never achieve your ideal physique and level of fitness. When you feel like this, take a couple of minutes to remind yourself exactly why you are doing it. Think of how awesome it is going to feel when you finally do reach your goals. Trust me, when you achieve your fat loss goals and reach a new level of health and fitness, it will be well worth the sacrifice you had to make along the way.
Be consistent and never give up. Permanent fat loss requires a lifelong commitment to eating healthier and exercising. Don’t become frustrated or give up if you do not seem to be reaching your goals as quickly as you would like. Achieving the body and level of fitness you desire takes time and consistency. If you mess up on your nutrition plan don’t beat yourself up. Instead, get right back to it and keep making progress because with enough determination and desire you’ll eventually get there.
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