Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be wrapping up the two part series on losing weight for good and what it really takes. Now be sure to read part one if you haven’t already at the link here: And as always, if you have any questions about today’s blog then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

So, what does it really take? Well, whenever you’re looking at losing weight you want to lose fat. If you’re just doing a crash diet plan, then you’re probably storing fat and burning muscle. Which, that comes as a surprise to a lot of people being that they lost weight, but they lost that weight because your body starts to see that through restriction, it actually goes into starvation mode and it doesn’t think that you’re giving it any more nutrients of what it needs. So it starts to hold onto fat for that starvation period and it starts to your muscle mass. And muscle mass is more dense than fat.

Muscle and fat are not interchangeable, one does not turn into the other, they are two different types of tissue. But, one pound of muscle does weigh the exact same as one pound of fat. A lot of the time I hear from people that muscle weighs more than fat. Well, it doesn’t, it’s just a more dense tissue. So with fat, about five pounds of fat can be the equivalent of your hands cupped together and it mounded over the top, and muscle would be more like what you could fit in a single hand. So it weighs the same but it’s squished down. Since it is such a dense tissue, that can cause your weight to be different than what your mind thinks it should be.

So what does it really take to lose that fat and keep it off? Well it takes exercise. You’ve got to be sure that you’re exercising regularly. And so as you get that activity, that’s helping to burn more calories and build more muscle so that you can have a higher metabolism, which typically leads to burning more fat.

So, exercise is one, nutrition is another. You have to be eating a balanced meal plan, and it has to be something sustainable. You have to make sure that you have the rainbow in there and get all of the nutrients, all of the vitamins, all of the minerals, you name it, in our food that we need on a regular basis. So it has to be consistent, okay?

Now, the thing with exercise and nutrition, because people hear me say that that’s what it takes to really do it and they think “oh, I don’t really want to do that, that sounds way too hard”, and honestly it is. It is a challenge to add that into your lifestyle, but once it becomes a habit of your regular lifestyle, then it becomes quite easy to do. And the thing is, it doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to go by it 100 percent of the time, you can go by a 90/10 roll here, where you’re on track 90 percent of the time which leaves 10 percent of the time to royally screw up in whatever way you please. I

t doesn’t matter if you do it on purpose or not. So, you get to eat whatever you want during that time, you get to ease off of the exercise, maybe take a vacation and you just enjoy life and you don’t think about any of it. Great! Then you just have to come back and get on track, and it’s still going to help you move forward, and general activity is a good way to make sure that that’s happening whenever you do get off track.

So if you’ve gotten in the habit of going out and getting extra walks, or being more active on your days off, then you’re more likely to continue those things. If you’re continuing being on track about 90 percent of the time, then you’re going to start to notice that your cravings start to change over time. So, all of these things start to come together into what we call a lifestyle change. We start to build habits so that you can commit to being fit. And as you’re doing that, remember that it’s all about consistency, not about perfection. So the more often that you can do something, whether it’s good or bad, the more likely it is to influence your life, and your body, and your health.

So, I would aim for the good side, and be consistent with that. And if you can be consistent with that, then you’re gonna see progress and change. Nobody ever said that it takes perfection. However, it does take a little bit of change in your daily life from what you are used to doing, and maybe what you’re comfortable doing. And really, in the last five years I’ve learned that living in your comfort zone is truly overrated, and that we should all jump out of it as often as possible. I know, it’s one of the most scary things we can do, but it’s definitely worth it. The risk versus the reward is so much greater for when it comes to jumping out of your comfort zone.

That is going to wrap up our series on losing weight for good and what it really takes! I hope that I was able to get rid of some common misconceptions that we all hear about weight loss, and that you’ll be able to walk away from this confident that you can make those lifestyle changes to succeed.

So, if you are wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We work with our clients not just on fitness, but also nutrition. What we do is we will ensure that you are supported throughout every aspect of your health and wellness journey, and that includes making those eating changes. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.