5 things I learned from 2014 about weight loss

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I decided that it’s time to say goodbye to that lifelong lingering belly fat and lose weight in 2014.  Despite my history in doing sports, I never felt that my body reached a level of optimal health. Even as a school athlete for track and field and cross country (not to mention, other sports that sparked my interests), my nutrition was poor as a puberty-stricken teenager. I always thought that my body can burn the calories and fat and bought whatever junk food I wanted.

Hence, took me longer than expected to see the results I wanted. Fast forward, a year ago to this day, I told myself that I will lose the weight and gain the respect I wanted, for myself. As a result, this blog was born and I had other opportunities in the health and fitness world. Here are the 5 things I learned about weight loss in 2014

Join a group or gym that motivates you to make it on time for classes or the gym itself                                            

There is no better motivation than having a workout buddy to hit workouts with. Becoming part of a workout team, and/or classes with a group instructor not only gives you inspiration, but gives you the obligation to not waste time of others as a consequence. What happens when you don’t show up and your workout buddy does, you let both yourself and the buddy down. Don’t be that jerk.

Have a personal trainer for at least 3 training sessions                                                                                                  

There are some things in life that people spend a bit extra for a given benefit.  Despite their rates per session, a good personal trainer is worth it. They give you that extra push for you to tackle that last rep of beyond. Not to mention, assess your limits and look for ways to crush it.  My first personal trainer Theresa knew I was strong to begin with and often overload my muscles with her workout plans to ensure I never get away easy. (For me, the days where I cursed, spat on the ground, farted and vomited was well worth it.)

Try to make the first two months critical when it comes to dieting                                                                                  

This might be biased for me to say this, but make every effort to spend at least the first two months crucial in terms of your nutrition. That means, no alcohol and if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, do not eat it.  Vegan or no vegan, eat as much natural products, cut the diet foods bullshit

and drink at least half your body weight in ounces. Your body will thank you.

You don’t necessary need a gym to lose weight                                                                                                                      

I believe that Circuit Training is the most effective method for weight loss.  You are constantly shocking your body and the calories to continue to burn up to 48 hours. Not to mention HIIT Training combines cardio and strength building which helps to eventually achieve those chiseled abs, assuming that your diet is to par. I recommend this website by personal trainer, Neila Rey to get started. http://neilarey.com

Envision what your body need to look like                                                                                                                      

Arnold Schwarzenegger once said this line: “Visualize and see exactly what you wish to become”.  Most importantly, if you want the results, you have to visualize your goals before it becomes something set in stone. If you wanted to be ripped like The Rock or Jillian Michael, read about their process in fitness and try your best in reaching for the goal as direct as possible.

Here’s to an even fit 2015!

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