It’s easy enough to lose a few pounds for a short period of time, only to gain it back. It’s much harder to achieve long-term fat loss.
However, you know people who appear to be permanently in beach body ready shape, so it is possible to be lean for life. This begs the question: how can you lose the weight for good?
The answer to this essential question isn’t found in a single habit or action, but rather in the following these 5 Slim for Life Habits…
Slim for Life Habit #1: Reimagine Yourself
Up until now you’ve accepted the shape that you are in, and even if you hate it, you’re comfortable with it.
Read that again to make sure it sinks in. You are comfortable with the body that you have right now, and until you decide it’s no longer comfortable then you’ll be stuck in the shape that you currently have.
Now spend time reimagining yourself leaner. Really let that new image sink in until you’re more comfortable with it than you are with the image of your current body. Repeat. Often.The clearer you can see and feel and imagine yourself in a lean slim body, the more urgency and desire you will create to achieve and maintain it.
Slim for Life Habit #2: Break Up With Sugar
Look, Sugar, we have to break up. It’s not you; it’s me. Sure, we’ve had some good times. You’ve tickled my sweet tooth and pleased my taste buds, but loving you is a double-edged sword that leaves me heavy and out of shape. So this is it, we are through!
As silly as that sounded, your relationship with sugar is holding you back from living in a lean for life body. Refined sugar and high fat goods are not only messing with your body composition, they fluctuate your blood sugar levels, leaving you with zero energy.
The good news is that every day spent reducing sweet goodies will make the next day that much easier and your cravings will become that much weaker. Stay strong and soon you’ll be more than happy with the occasional sweet treat rather than the all-day sugar drip that’s sabotaging your bikini dreams.
Slim for Life Habit #3: Forget Dieting
Going on a “diet” implies a start and end date, but if you really want to change your body composition for good then there is no end to your healthy lifestyle. It’s a marathon of adapting to healthier (and healthier!) habits to maintain for the rest of your life. The day that you stop trying is the day that your body reverts to it’s old shape.
Don’t worry, the more time that you get under your belt with healthy living, the easier it becomes. Soon your lean for life habits will feel like a normal day — just as your current habits feel like a normal day now.
The key is to stick with it until the habits fully stick, and to vigorously fight the urge to give up.
Slim for Life Habit #4: Plan Your ‘bad’ meals
Being lean for life doesn’t mean abstaining from pizza and ice cream for the rest of your days. (Thank goodness!) On the contrary, you’ll find that planned meals of your favourite foods are more enjoyable than ever before. The key is that you will be planning these meals in advance and containing the excitement to one sitting each week.
The fun thing about enjoying a free meal while living a lean lifestyle is that there is absolutely zero guilt associated with the pleasure. Most of us experience twinges of guilt associated with most of our meals, because in the back of our mind is the thought that we should really be eating healthier in order to lose the weight that we have yet to lose. Once you’ve lost the fat and are actively living a lean life those free meals will be 100% pleasure!
Slim for Life Habit #5: Be Part of a Fitness Family
Belonging to a group of fellow fitness enthusiasts is key to making and maintaining your body transformation. Being fit is easier achieved in a supportive and encouraging group, rather than alone. They say you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. The accountability provided from your fitness peers will save you from missing workouts and will get you to push yourself to try harder.
One of the most gratifying parts of being in a fitness family is the day when your support makes an impact on a new member. To give the encouragement that was given to you is a special moment that will stick with you, and will recommit you to your fitness lifestyle.
One of the things i’m most proud of at RMF is the fitness family we’ve created. I’d love for you to join. Call or email today to see how you can find your place here with us!