All the time we hear people say, “I want to lose weight” or “I want to be in better shape.” Heck, I’ve said it over and over myself. And that’s all well and good, but we’ve got to ask ourselves, ‘what are we going to do to make that happen??’
We’ve all heard of The Secret and the Law of Attraction, right? I have a friend who’s read both books – she even has a vision board. On that vision board is a picture of perfectly sculpted (in her opinion anyway) Jessica Biel.
Now, she can sit and stare at that picture and envision herself with abs and arms just like Jessica all she wants, but I’m pretty sure if she doesn’t get up off her a$% – excuse my french ( hey, it was my minor in college…I know that’s french ) that’s never gonna happen. Knowing what you want is never a bad thing, but you also have to be willing to put in a little work.
Here is an example of a conversation I overheard at Studio Be the other day:
Client: I don’t understand, I’m working out with you twice a week but I’m not losing weight.
Instructor: Well, what are you doing the other days? Cardio or some other type of training?
Client: No, nothing… I’m just not motivated to work out on my own.
Instructor: Well, there’s part of your answer… Next question: Have you changed your eating?
Client: No. I hate dieting. Isn’t that why I’m working out… so I can still eat whatever I want?
In short… NO. Losing weight is a simple equation:
Calories in < Calories out
If you are using working out as an excuse to eat whatever you want, you may not gain weight, but you certainly won’t lose any either. On the flip side, it is very important to make sure you don’t go too far the other way. Make sure you are getting enough calories in a day to keep your metabolism up. If you aren’t sure how many calories you should be eating based on your weight loss goals, I suggest you make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist (neither of which I am).
Also, even if you are working with some kind of trainer you MUST do work on your own! You should be sweating 5 days a week. If you aren’t motivated to do it on your own, take a class or find some cardio buddies.
Now, I have no doubt in my mind that clients like this want to lose the weight and get into better shape, but like I said, that’s just not enough… So, if you aren’t seeing results, be honest with yourself about the amount of work you are putting in. And next time you think or say “I want to lose weight/get in shape,” follow that sentence with “and here’s how I’m going to do it…”
or I suppose you can try staring at that picture of Jessica Biel a little longer… let me know how that works out for you.
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