If you are burning fat and losing inches from your body, your weight loss program is working. So, the question I hear many times is, “How much weight did I lose this week?” If my answer is, “You lost 2 pounds and 10 inches of fat,” then don’t despair. Your exercise program is working.
Quick weight loss programs are thriving in a society that wants everything yesterday. Burning fat and changing your body’s composition to lean and toned takes longer than quickly losing 20 pounds in two weeks.
Advertisers make billions every year selling quick weight loss programs. If quick weight loss is what you want, I guess you get what was advertised. If you want to change your body’s composition, you have to commit to more hard work over a longer period of time.
Wouldn’t you rather drop dress sizes and pant sizes for the long haul? Wouldn’t you rather be forced to go shopping for smaller sized clothes? I’m guessing the answer to both questions is yes. Then, commit to burning fat and losing inches.
To do so, you must commit to eating right and exercising regularly for the long term. You must be willing to value a lower body fat percentage over just losing weight. The beauty of achieving fat loss is that you will also get the weight loss you want—eventually!
Advertisements such as, "Lose 30 pounds in 30 days!" sends a message that has a short-term solution to your weight problem. Weight lost that quickly (without regular exercise) will be mainly lost muscle mass instead of fat mass (this will slow down your metabolism). You also might be very ill after losing that much weight in such a short period of time.
Quick weight loss motivation focuses on pounds lost instead of body fat burned and inches lost. Fat loss is more important than weight loss.
So, commit to being the biggest fat loser! Losing large amounts of weight can be gained back quickly if you don't build muscle mass. Build muscle, burn fat, speed up your metabolism and lose weight (and keep it off)!
Your motivation needs to be long-term fat loss and weight loss. You do this by decreasing your body fat and increasing your muscle mass.