When diet and exercise don’t work

I saw an infomercial the other day for a weight loss solution targeting the frustrated people who, “fail to see results from diet and exercise.” Had to scratch my head on that one - no fitness trainer in the world is going to buy that line of bulls**t!!!

When does diet and exercise fail?

 

This, of course, is a trick question. Diet and exercise don’t fail.


The only way for diet and exercise not to work is if you fail to stick with it long enough for the results to show.

 

Plain and simple. End of story.

 

I’ve seen more clients than I can count during my 30 + year as a Master Certified Personal Trainer transform their bodies through the power of diet and exercise. Without surgery. Without gadgets. Without pills.

 

The real question to ask, when you’re not making progress towards your fat loss goal, is not why diet and exercise has failed you, but rather why have you not stuck with it?

 

How to stick with a diet and exercise plan…

 

I will not downplay the hard work that goes into sticking with a diet and exercise plan, day-after-day, week-after-week, in order to achieve a stunning body transformation.

 

It takes dedication, focus, energy, determination and a stubborn refusal to quit.

 

Make no mistake about it: losing fat is hard work!

 

Which is precisely why so many give up before experiencing the body that they really want to have.

So, you wonder, why are some people able to stick with the process long enough to transform their bodies while others jump ship after a few weeks? Here are just a couple of my clients that have stuck with their weight loss goals and are now reaping the rewards. 

 

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Here are the four steps they used to stick with diet and exercise for the long haul…

 

1. Mentally and emotionally lock on to the idea of the new, sexier, you.

You can’t causally date the idea of transforming your body. This isn’t a noncommittal, no-strings-attached relationship – you’ve got to go all in, both mentally and emotionally.

Attach yourself to the idea of a brand new you; focus on how you will feel, what you will wear and how life will improve once you achieve your fat loss goal. The stronger your feelings and mental image become, the more likely you are to succeed. This is call visualization and it works everytime!

 

2. Keep the game plan as simple as possible.

There is no need for fancy diet plans or complicated exercise movements when it comes to dropping pant sizes. Keep your game plan as simple and boring as possible, even eating the same meals everyday and exercising at the same time for the same length (with varying intensity), until your big fat loss goal has been met.

Until your big fat loss leap has been made just stick with an uncomplicated game plan that works. The success of our clients above is they came to the exact same time bootcamp 4 to 5 days a week and let us just change up the workout for them.  This  technique of changing up the workouts is called muscle confusion and helps the body continue making gaines (even though some people would argue with me about this muscle confusion technique - after being a National Champion Bodybuilder for over 25 years I have seen it in action and I know it works)

 

3. Plan for the resistance.

It’s naïve to think that your body transformation journey will be all smooth sailing. Realistically you will run into resistance time and time again.

This resistance will come in the form of tempting cheat meals, tired muscles, lazy friends and waning motivation. But, most powerfully, the resistance will come from inside of you. It’s natural to resist change, and transforming the shape of your body is big change. Plan for the waves of resistance. See it coming before it crashes over you, and you’ll be able to stand strong long enough for it to recede without hampering your progress.

 

4. Build in accountability.

This is the most important step by far. It is essential to build accountability into your fail-proof fat loss plan. A friend, a coach, or a mentor who has a vested interest in seeing you succeed will save you from throwing in the towel when things get tough.

The role that I fill for my clients is the accountability to keep them on their path to health and fitness with my support, instruction and encouragement. I celebrate every inch lost and every ounce of new confidence gained.

If you’re not yet one of my amazing clients then today is the perfect day to begin! Grab one of our 3 Day Group Fitness Passes now and let's get you started on your weight loss and fitness goals. Or call or email me now to get started on your true body transformation story – and let’s show the world how diet and exercise DO work!

 

Trisha