The Most Practical Weight Loss Tip

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Reaching your fitness goals is never easy. As I often tell my clients, “it’s simple to reach your goals, but not easy.” The simple approach is quite practical: pick up a weight, put it down. Swing a kettlebell. Run up a hill, do some sprints. Eat more fiber.

There’s nothing really sexy in the approach. Part of my job as a fitness coach is to steer people away from crazy gimmicks and overwhelming supplement protocols. I also need to shake my clients from the old “I have a friend who mentioned….” Fill in the blank with whatever you want – I’ve heard it all. A glass of water with some honey right before you go to bed. Or some patch you put on your wrist that’s meant to curb you appetite. And yes- everyone knows of a specific brand name protein bar that’s healthier than other bars……even though it’s a bar.

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But I’m getting off point. The approach is simple in nature but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. You can’t confuse the two. The approach is simple so you spend less time measuring food and mixing potions and more time training hard.

People always ask for my best weight loss tips. So here’s some advice for you: do what you need to do, not what you want to do. I read this is a book written by Dan John and I can’t agree more. I stumbled across Dan John years ago and fell in love with his basic approach to training and funny stories.

Whether you’re searching for “weight loss tips for women,”  “rapid weight loss tips,” or even healthy weight loss tips,  the approach is always the same. Heck, call it PIA weight loss. PIA stand for pain in the…..behind. We can call it PIA training because doing what you need to do, and not what you want to do, is tough business.

Here’s the issue: most people want to train what they’re already good at. I get clients who are natural strong who only want to strong train. I also get runners who simply want me to make them run more. The ego is a powerful force, and some clients have trouble checking the ego at the door and trying something that they’re not good at, or completely unfamiliar with, in front of a trainer that they just met a week ago.

But it’s “the need to do” that separates the serious from the non-serious. I grew up as an endurance athlete, so distance running was second nature to me. I stayed in my section of the pool and eventually couldn’t change my body. I was getting weaker and even struggling to run greater distances. So, I did what I needed to do.

I lifted heavy loads. I also started sprinting and doing hills. Seeing a then twenty five year old man scared of a hill at your local park is a sight to see. It was very frustrating at first and I literally had to ignore the internet so as to not stumble on any new training ideas that would tempt me back to my old way of training.

But in the end, it worked great. I put on nearly ten pounds of muscle and added 75 pounds to my deadlift. It took around 4 weeks of being uncomfortable along with another 8 to see some results, along with my reflection to change.

So here’s the lesson: do what you need to do, not what you want to do. It’s the best weight loss tip out there and it won’t cost you a thing.


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