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A Fat Loss Commitment Will Transform Your Body This Year

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Make a commitment to burn fat, lose weight and transform your body this year. I won’t use the “R” word! Commit to get fit.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines commitment as: “the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled (a commitment to a cause).” This works every time for whatever you are trying to accomplish.

Commit to achieve fat loss with lasting weight loss. What is your body fat percentage? Where are you fat?

Get a health professional to measure your body fat and do so every week to check your progress. If you are burning fat, your body is changing. And, this is the key to lasting weight loss.

If “weight loss only” is your primary motivation, you will be ultimately disappointed. “Weight loss only” motivation focuses on pounds lost instead of body fat burned and inches lost.

Losing large amounts of weight quickly will probably be regained quickly because you haven’t built muscle mass and your body fat remains high. You will usually regain more weight than you previously lost. Your health will also worsen with each yo-yo weight loss and regain.

In a Mayo Clinic Diet Blog article, “Don't give up on weight-loss resolutions,” by Donald Hensrud, M.D., he encourages readers to focus on changing habits. The doctor gives four areas to target:

1. Be ready to change lifestyle habits
2. Have a plan
3. Enjoy the process
4. Focus on short-term goals while keeping long-term goals in mind

These recommendations tell me to buckle down and really commit to changing my body and daily habits -- for good!

Since weight loss is usually the first response I get from a prospective client regarding fitness goals, I show how weight loss fits into the overall fitness and health puzzle.

And, what works for another person may not work for you. Here is an example:

You will have a better chance of succeeding with your meal plan if you keep a food journal. This will help you keep track of your eating habits and help you make needed changes. By logging your actual food choices, you are holding yourself accountable throughout the day. You will also be forced to plan your meals better.

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