It goes without saying that, over the course of his/her career, a dedicated personal trainer will work with countless individuals who have struggled with their attempt(s) to lose body fat. Commonly, of course, the problem tends to be such things as poor nutrition, inadequate rest and/or ineffective training programs.
‘Mindset’ plays a critical role as well.
A person might be ‘on’ their nutrition, might be getting enough sleep and might be ‘killing it’ in the gym, but their mental approach to the whole situation leads to less than optimal results . . . or results that only last temporarily.
My friend Charlotte Ord, an excellent coach in the UK, wrote a great article that touched on this concept . . . take a look!
Be Careful What You Wish For . . .
By Charlotte Ord
(October 10, 2009) People, lots and lots and lots of people, want to lose fat and lose weight. Nothing wrong with that, right? Hmm, well I’d say wrong.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about the power of the mind and gave you an insight into just how powerful the mind can be. So let’s have a quick think about what signals we are atually telling our mind when we say, ‘I want to lose weight/fat.’
Take a moment to have a think about all the things that you’ve lost in the last year. My list goes something like this:
My favourite necklace
A training folder
A magnetic therapy bracelet
2 crop tops (how one loses these things is beyond me, but I managed it!)
One of my favorite areas of study back in graduate school was neuroimmunology because it studied the very tangible interaction between ‘mind and body’ . . . and it made (for me) the importance of having a strong, positive mind all the more apparent.
Whether you’re struggling to lose fat because you view the glass as half-empty versus half-full . . .
or you’re struggling because you focus on all the problems associated with the challenge of ’shedding fat’, rather than unveiling the solutions that will help you overcome said challenge . . .
or you’re struggling due to ’semantics’ — thinking of ‘losing fat’ versus ’shedding fat’ . . .
the key here is that successful incineration of excess body fat requires the right mindset . . . just as much as it requires optimal nutrition, adequate rest and an effective fitness program.
Change your mindset; shift your perspective and increase the likelihood that you’ll shed your unwanted pounds . . . permanently.