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Many have already abandoned their “this time is different, this time I’m going to lose fat” New Year’s resolution.
The most likely reason is because the plan they executed was a recycled version of the same ole thing most people do around January 1: go on a strict, all-or-nothing diet coupled with a grueling workout program. This proved to be too impractical, stressful, and even time consuming, so people give up shortly after starting.
There are several reasons why this happens:
Vowed to be “perfect”: people (you?) proclaim to stick to the program without any deviation. Inevitably, life happens, or you just want a damn piece of pizza, you “go off the plan” and feel like a complete failure and give up entirely.
Changed too much at once: do too much too soon and your chances of failure are high.
Focused too much on the goal: most obsess over the final goal (e.g. weigh a certain amount, achieve a certain percentage of body fat). While this may provide short-term motivation, it quickly wanes as the rigid diet and grueling workouts accumulate.
What then is the solution to sustainable fat loss? (The word sustainable is crucial – if you can’t sustain the fat loss, what’s the point?)
The answer …