Monday, January 21, 2008

Fat Loss via the Straight-Line Method

Many people struggle with weight loss and fat loss for years and years. It all starts off well, with positive gains for a little while, but then things tend to tail off and eventually they are back where they started. This is not uncommon. It is probably the most common path traveled by fat loss seekers.

Fortunately, it is a path that you do not have to take. Or, if you have already taken this path, it is one that you can quickly get off. I want to show you the way to the path that is going to take you all the way to your goals. Not only is it going to take you there, it is going to get you there in the quickest way possible. Additionally, it is going to enable you to stay there so that you can enjoy your new and happier life.

This path is the path of the straight line. Think back to sixth grade math class. Remember when the teacher asked you what was the shortest distance between two points? Remember how you confidently raised your hand and belted out, “a straight line!”?

Good for you. Now, remember when you complained to anyone that would listen that math class would never help you in real life?

That’s right, you’re busted. We all said it (except for the math geeks, of course). But who’s laughing now? Here it is, the shortest distance between two points, coming up in a discussion about fat loss!

You may wonder how something so simple and so painfully obvious is going to help you reach your fat loss goals. The answer can be summed up in one word: consistency. There you have it. That is all you need to know. Nevertheless, I will continue to explain myself.

People fall off of the straight-line path to their fat loss goals because they are inconsistent with their efforts. They start off all gung-ho for proper nutrition and exercise, but when that initial burst of energy and enthusiasm wears off, they start to falter. Laziness and dread for the gym sets in. Those bacon cheeseburgers start looking better and better. Their will weakens.

This is only natural. Actually, it is unnatural, but it has become akin to who we are because that is how we have been conditioned to behave. We have been conditioned to instant satisfaction, and when it doesn’t come, our spirits drop. We get frustrated and feel like quitting. We may hang on for a little while, but hanging on and going after our goals full-force are two completely different animals.

This is a major problem with today’s fat loss programs. They tell you to do this and do that and what to expect at the end. However, they lack in the fact that they don’t tell you what to expect along the way. They give you the directions to your destination, but they don’t tell you about the obstacles along the way that you have to bust through or climb over. They just tell you to go do it.

The problem with this is that we have become weak. We want those instant results. We don’t know how to overcome obstacles. Excuses come easy for us. We don’t know how to eliminate these excuses. We don’t know how to challenge ourselves.

That is where the straight-line method comes into play. The shortest path to your goals is a straight line. The only way to keep moving forward on this straight line is to be consistent with your efforts. You must follow your plan to the letter. You must continually challenge yourself and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

This is what is great about fat loss. You can continue along a straight-line path consistently and never get bored. Consistency does not mean you will be doing the same things the same way over and over again. Rather, here consistency means that you will continually challenge yourself to do new things. You will constantly push yourself to points where you have never pushed (within reason). You will always strive to do better. You will drive for excellence.

The straight-line path to your greatest of fat loss goals is also the path with the most resistance. The obstacles are in front of you. They are begging you to step off the path. There are distractions on the side pulling and pushing you in all directions but you are fighting them off like a great gladiator running the gauntlet.

When you overcome all of these challenges, you are met with the greatest of rewards. You will achieve ultimate happiness. That is the aim of every fat loss mission. You aim to be happy. Now go out and do the things that you know you need to do to make you happy.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Video on the Way

I just finished the recording of a special video on building a stronger mental approach. It turned out pretty good, but I want to tweak a few things to make it better. This was my first attempt at doing a video presentation. Note, the video is simply a screen capture of a power point presentation with voice narration. I think it is a good teaching tool and plan on doing it more in the future. So look out for this on Tuesday. If you are on my mailing list, you will receive an e-mail about it.

By the way, I just created yet another hub over at This one is about weight loss myths and should be very useful to most people.

Check it out here:

Saturday, January 19, 2008

More Great Fat Loss Tips

OK, enough fat loss inspiration, it's time to start doing. I just published a new hub over at entitled "7 Fast Fat Loss Tips". These 7 tips are things that you can implement right away to start burning fat immediately. Click the link or go to:

Saturday, January 12, 2008

More Fat Loss Information

I found this cool place called It's sort of a combination blog/website/community type deal. I created my first Hub there and it is all new stuff. I think you will really enjoy it. I'm not a great hubber yet, but I plan to become one with some experience. So check it out:

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Myth of the Diet That Works

I'll make this as simple as possible. Diets do not work. They never have and they never will. They may seem to work on occasion or for short periods of time, but this is just chance.

The diet is not actually working. Sometimes it just so happens that a particular "diet" works for someone. In actuality, if there really is some kind of long-term benefit, what is happening is the "diet" is actually that person's perfect balance. That person should be eating that way all the time if the benefits are long-term. This is not a diet, it is simply that person's biochemical individuality.

Without getting too technical, biochemical individuality means that each person responds differently to all the chemical processes that go on in the body. For example, Eskimos' bodies respond differently to eating fish than someone from a desert region.

We were all programmed to eat a certain way. Unfortunately, modern times have led most of us askew from this "right way". Some of us may benefit from eating few carbs and greater amounts of protein. Others may benefit from just the opposite. Still more may be in between. Even within these groups there are differences among all of us.

The key is to find the right macro- and micro-nutrient balances for ourselves. This process is known as "Metabolic Typing". Metabolic typing enables individuals to pinpoint what proportions of nutrients they should be eating at each meal. In order to achieve ideal health and body, we must find our metabolic types.

Fortunately, there is an excellent book on the market about metabolic typing written by one of the leaders in its development, William Wolcott. For more on the topic, visit and learn how you can find the right eating approach for you.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Fat Loss Tip That Will Change Your Day

People often tell me how great they feel after a solid workout in which they pushed themselves harder than they ever have before. I wrote about this situation in my article "The True Beauty of Fat Loss". But there is still even more to it than learning something about yourself.

How many times have you heard someone say that they've "pushed themselves to the limits?"

I hear it all the time. But what are these "limits"? Are these things that have been created for us? Are these things that can be changed? Or are these things that we have set for ourselves?

Personally, I do not believe in limits. They are created by individuals who want to believe that they are giving 100% effort and cannot possibly do any more.

But does anyone really ever give 100% effort?

Truthfully, no one can ever say that they give 100% effort because as humans we cannot even comprehend what 100% effort is like. Think about it, have you ever done anything with an effort that you can honestly say you could not have pushed even just a little bit harder?

If Albert Einstein could only utilize a small portion of his brain power, it is not surprising that all humans leave so much potential untapped over the course of our lives. This potential can be used, but even with a tremendous effort most of it is untouchable by our current realized capabilities.

All this goes to show that there really are no limits to our efforts. We can always find a way to give a little more. We can always find a way to dig a bit deeper. The only limits that exist are the ones that we set for ourselves.

Think about your last workout. Think of a point where you could have pushed a bit harder and gotten a little more out of it. Now, there may be times when your workouts are more concerned with form than pushing as hard as you can. Whenever I am attempting a new exercise, I often concentrate solely on form for the first workout or two. I challenge myself with moderate resistance, but the real challenge is the new movement pattern. This does not mean that it is time to relax and not give as much effort as can be mustered. Rather, it is a time to concentrate all focus on the form of the exercise. A high level of focus and concentration on form, can lead to getting more out of each exercise and dramatic results down the road.

Taking this concept a step further, think of your entire day to this point. Did you have a perfect breakfast? Have you kept yourself hydrated at optimal levels at all times? Did you have perfect snacks?

All these things are a part of your fat loss routine. Heck, all of these things are a part of any health and fitness routine. And I am sure that you were not absolutely perfect on any of these things, let alone all of them.

This just goes to show you that there is always something that you can do better. There is always an area in which you can concentrate more effort to improve your fat loss potential. This means that the possibilities are endless. The limits do not exist. Just writing about this gets my juices flowing.

Sit and think for a minute of one thing that you could have improved about day to this point. Then, make a note that you will make the improvement for tomorrow, or the next time this situation will arise. Do this every single day. I guarantee you will always be able to find something if you really put your mind to it.

When it comes to your fat loss efforts, there are no limits. Do not set any for yourself.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

10 Things to Watch for Fat Loss in 2008

Happy New Year!

Let's make 2008 a great year for fat loss.

Here's to a year where:

1)Hard work replaces the quick fix.

2)Effort replaces laziness.

3)Chicken breast, spinach, and water replace a Big Mac, fries, and a Coke.

4)The gym replaces the couch.

5)People treat the word "resolution" literally instead of as a buzzword.

6)The gym is more than a place of social gathering.

7)People stop walking and start running in intervals.

8)People stop doing 3 easy sets of 10 reps when they can really do twice that.

9)People stop beliving that fat loss can be easy.

10)The good fitness professionals take the forefront by coming together and getting stuff done!

2008: The year that will change the world of fat loss!

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It covers:

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