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.

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