To transform your body, eat less and move more. Right? Not exactly…
The human body is a complex machine. Although transformations seem to come easy for some, others find it near impossible to shift stubborn fat and the whole process can become quite overwhelming. There are many important factors to consider when you make the decision to change your body, but for the sake of not overwhelming you, let’s start with these 4 fundamentals:
• ADD SOME WEIGHT
If you’re still convinced that weights will make you chunky, you’ve probably been living under a rock. (No offence). Strength training not only helps to shape and define strong, sexy curves, but it also promotes an optimal hormonal environment for fat loss. Winning combo! What’s not to love, right?
TIP: We’re all made up differently and we all enjoy different things. Whilst someone like me loves a good session in the iron pit and would gladly train that way every day of the week, a yoga junkie could probably think of nothing worse! You don’t have to smash the weights every single day if that’s not your thing, but I strongly suggest including at least 2 quality strength sessions in to your weekly routine. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re not sure what to do. Never stop learning!
• PLAN YOUR MENU
Keeping a food diary is great, but what’s the good in writing down the damage once it’s already done? (Aside from a little self loathing, of course!).
Planning ahead is the key to success in the fat loss game. While some people choose to pre-cook their meals for the entire week, others like cooking fresh as they go. Neither option is the better option – it’s all about finding what works for you.
TIP: Write out a menu for the week ahead and use that to create your shopping list so that you can stock your fridge with everything that you need to make it happen. Be strict about this! Remember: eating well 50% of the time will never get you more than 50% of the result… that’s the simple truth.
• GET TO KNOW YOURSELF
Your subconscious mind is an incredibly powerful thing. It operates in sync with your inner most feelings and will be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to success of any kind – fat loss included.
Here’s the tricky thing about your subconscious: wanting to change is one thing, but if you don’t genuinely believe that you can do it or that you deserve it, you will always fall back in to habits of self sabotage. The worst part? Many people are completely unaware of the negative beliefs and nasty self-talk that keeps sending them backwards.
TIP: Get to know yourself. What makes you tick? What holds you back? What makes you genuinely happy? What scares you? How can you shift your focus to create positive habits? What are 3 things that you can do right now to create change?
Take some time to write down these questions and answer them honestly. If you can’t do this alone, don’t be afraid to speak to someone (friend or professional) to help you learn more about yourself. Seeking help to overcome your demons does not make you broken, it makes you brave!
This might all sound very “fluffy” to some, but knowing yourself right down to every strength and every weakness that drives your behaviour is inarguably an integral step towards creating long term change of any kind – body transformations included!
• YIN & YANG
Balancing yin and yang in your life doesn’t stop at the way you move, but for the sake of today’s topic – creating the body you want – let’s keep it relevant:
When you hear me talk about Yin vs Yang exercise, consider a soothing cup of herbal tea vs a triple espresso…
Exercise can stimulate you, or it can relax you. It can wind you up, or calm you down. On their own, however, both approaches have limitations. Without some fire and power in the mix, the super-yin yoga junkie can wind up lacking in muscular and cardiovascular power and endurance. Without some flow, ease and recovery time, the super-yang, fast-paced gym lover is bound to get injured, burned out, or both!
TIP: It’s easy to stick to doing what you’re good at and what you love the most, but try not to get stuck on that alone. Combining both yin and yang techniques into your program will benefit your results from a hormonal level, right through to the way you perform.
Wrapping it up…
It’s one thing to know what to do, but it’s another thing all together to take action. The choice is yours, Beautifuls. You have some good starting points here, but it’s what you do with them that counts. Remember: it’s never too late to change.
Bum by the Melbourne beauty Steph Claire Smith xx