Here are six reasons you are still fat:
1. You are expecting some diet pill or “fat burning supplement” to help you lose fat.
I’m simply amazed at all the “fat burning” pills and potions that are being sold. Please—listen to someone who has studied this stuff for about 20 years: most of the so-called “fat burners” out there are a complete waste of money.
Yes, there are a few supplements that actually help (you can subscribe to my website for more information). But even the effective supplements are not “magic bullets”—they won’t work without a well-planned diet and exercise program.
2. You think doing hours of cardio is the best way to lose fat.
Don’t get me wrong—cardio (running on a treadmill, etc) does have its place in fat loss. But too many people rely solely on steady state cardiovascular training for their results.
Don’t believe me? Next time you are at the gym just check out the cardio equipment. You’ll see people that keep spending hours on treadmills but never see results. Or just go to your local jogging track—you’ll see several joggers with less than impressive physiques.
A good fat loss program includes weight training and other methods besides steady-state cardio.
3. You are blaming your genetics.
Yes, genes do play a role in how we look. But with few exceptions (some rare medical conditions), fat loss is simply a matter of whether or not you have a good plan and execute it. We’ve all seen people make remarkable transformations—they never would have lost the flab if they decided they were genetically destined to be fat.
4. You keep following fad diets.
I’ve seen some bizarre diets over the years (the grapefruit diet and cabbage diet come to mind).
Celebrities even made “cleansing” diets popular, but these seem to be nothing more than a glorified fast (just eating a few “cleansing herbs”). Well, if starving were that easy, none of us would be fat in the first place.
Here’s my point: you really need a lifestyle change if you want sustainable, long-term changes in body composition.
5. You think abdominal training is the key to a flat, lean stomach.
I’ve said this about a gazillion times on my blog, but here goes again: abdominal training is a relatively insignificant factor in whether or not you have visible abdominal muscles. Abdominal training is important, but the abs just don’t burn that many calories.
You’ll need to lower your overall body fat level if you want visible abs (or at least a flat stomach). In order to do this you’ll need to get the large, calorie-burning muscles (like legs) moving.
6. You think exercise will count for more than about 10% of your results.
Here’s something else I’ve said on this blog: when it comes to fat loss, you cannot out-train a crappy diet. I know this from personal experience: I have to change my diet if I want to get lean. I’ve also seen it in other trainees. You’ll need to put just as much planning into your meals as you do your training if you want to lose fat.
I hope this article has been helpful. I would encourage you to invest in a program like Vince Delmonte’s Your Six Pack Quest if you are serious about losing fat and getting lean.