The weight loss arena is confusing for a variety of reasons. The space is fraught with outright lies, misinformation, or information overload. Where does one turn to when looking to create change to their health and physique, or more specifically, for fat loss?
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You’ve gained a few pounds due to a life transition, stress, lack of gym time, or simply over-indulging. You decide it’s time to lose some weight. You specifically desire fat loss. You want to feel better in your clothes, gain energy, and even look great naked.
You Google “fat loss”.
Your results are returned.
Pages and pages of articles, workout routines and products taunt you. All promising toned abs, a svelte physique and quick results. As you dig in, you become more confused by the overlap and plethora of information. What should you believe? What is the TRUTH?
Ready for real, sustainable, long lasting results and the truth?
Welcome to the IRON way.
Below you’ll find the 3 tenets of fat loss success we have learned over the years. These are the same tenants we teach all members that come to us for fat loss.
1. The scale is a tool that ONLY measures weight, not fat loss.
Let’s repeat that again. The scale ONLY measures how much you weigh, it doesn’t measure worth, it doesn’t measure your value and it certainly doesn’t measure your fat loss. The number on the scale does not tell us what your weight is made up of. The number on the scale cannot determine the percentage of bodyweight that is fat vs. fat-free tissue. Fat free tissue includes internal organs, muscles, bones and more.
The scale can help as one measuring tool but it should NOT be the end all be all to tracking and aiding fat loss results. To improve health and fitness we always work toward improving body composition. Depending on the individual (and remember all fat loss and body composition is individual) this can mean reducing body fat relative to lean muscle or increasing lean muscle while keeping body fat the same. Both methods completely alter body composition and cannot be tracked by the scale alone.
2. Behavior modification breaks the yo-yo dieting cycle
Time and time again we hear story after story of yo-yo dieting disasters. People are frustrated by losing the same 5-10 lbs. over and over. Reality? They stuck to a meal plan and made it through the short-term program they adopted but never implemented sustainable long-term behavior modification. One of the most successful programs for losing fat and keeping it off long-term is the change of daily habits. Yo-yo dieting is always based off short-term changes and leads to short-term results. As soon as the “diet” is over, the former lifestyle habits are resumed and the fat creeps back on.
At IRON, we focus on LONG-term success through slow and steady change regular body composition testing for feedback, and a continual focus on being healthy overall for the rest of your life.
3. Training adaptation is everything
Yes, we mean everything. If you want a program or system equated with ideal body composition, we have to shift attention to getting the body adapted to staying there. While the majority of our daily energy output happens simply through being awake and performing daily functions, adding to this output through cardio and resistance training is a key component.
Since humans are creatures of habit, most of us find ourselves comforted by a routine we all know well. This basic human habit becomes troubling when our bodies adapt to the activities we have been doing at the intensity level we have been performing them at. Our bodies accommodate to any stress faced on a regular basis and this REDUCES the energy output needed for dealing with that stress. This is why the 10 minute training session and daily mile run that got you “in shape” won’t necessarily keep you losing fat. Activity levels must be altered on a regular basis to encourage continual adaptation.
Here’s the kicker — the trick is to design a workout program that maximizes energy expenditure while allowing the highest food intake possible. We want a solid base of food intake with just enough of a caloric reduction to see results. Additionally, we must balance the rate and frequency of changes to your workouts with a careful hand. Learning movement takes practice and repetition, and therefore should not be sacrificed purely for the need to change up your workouts in order to change your body composition.
A fine balance is where its at. Working with a fitness professional can help identify your exact needs, monitor your progress, and set you up for long-term success.
Schedule a complimentary IRON Strategy Session and get an InBody Composition Test with report absolutely free!