Good Saturday morning from the little Red Table in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Part of the fun of keeping a blog is being able to write whatever you want, whenever you want to write it. It’s your own personal space to release thoughts and ideas on this massive beast we call the Internet. That is a pretty cool thing.
I decided that I really wanted to develop a blog posting series where I could just discuss whatever topics happened to come to mind during that writing session.
Basically, I am talking about just putting my fingers on the keyboard and having at it.
Creatively, I think this will help me regurgitate some of the interactions, questions and experiences that I had from the previous week.
A recap of sorts from the past week.
Here we go…
—> Fat loss isn’t an ongoing process, it ends eventually<—
The concept of losing fat has to end at some point. You cannot forever be in “fat loss” mode with your training and your eating. You have got to have some kind of end goal to attain. Whether you choose a certain body fat % or a performance related goal, it doesn’t much matter to me. Although I suppose that if you are partaking in a full-fledged fat loss program you should probably be measuring the amount of fat you lose. Skin calipers are a simple and relatively effective way to do this, otherwise hydro-static weighing or a BodPod will give some fairly accurate numbers also.
I was talking with my girlfriend Amanda about the whole concept of fat loss. I told her that in my experience, sometimes people end up taking the fat loss concept to the extreme. They literally attempt to walk around with 0% body fat. They engage in extreme eating habits (calorie restriction and the like) and sign up for extreme workouts. It becomes just as addictive as eating sugar or smoking cigarettes.
At some point, you have to realize that you are going to enter a maintenance phase. You’ve reached your goals and you’re content with your body figure and your physical abilities and now you’re in what we call: Maintenance.
Fat loss ends at some point and maintenance begins. You decide when that happens.
Fat loss is a war and it is a lot more mental than physical in my opinion. Habits need to be broken and new habits need to be hardwired. Mentally you’ve got to prepare yourself for fighting off your old self-talk. You’ve also got to get your head in the right place to endure your training schedule. Physically, the human body is incredibly resilient. You can handle a lot more physical stress than you think. (Just keep it manageable physical stress)
I often go back and forth between favoring two approaches fat loss, and I think both depend on the personality of the person.
Here they are:
- Aggressive training and eating for 4-6 weeks, followed by a tapering process.
- A consistent, not overly aggressive effective training regimen paired with a smooth transition into concepts of clean eating.
The first bullet point is an approach that is my definition of a fat loss war. It’s pedal to the metal. You go crazy in your training and you stay brutally strict with your diet. You get results quickly and then you turn back the dial a bit and continue pushing on at an effective yet much more manageable pace with regard to training and nutrition.
The second bullet point is an approach that is quite popular also. This is the “lifestyle” approach. I am sure you’ve heard that a million times… “It’s not a diet… it’s a lifestyle”. Puke.
Anyways, this approach is a gradual climb. There is a lot of acclimation to this approach. I enjoy this approach to losing fat because fat loss is inevitably going to happen if you are eating clean and training purposefully. I love the research and the highly technical information that the experts put out, but they complicate topics in an effort to sell products.
Eat clean and drink water, learn how to lift weight using big movements, ramp up your cardiovascular training from aerobic to higher effort intervals, then move into a more cardio-strength style training regimen and you’re going to experience a reduction in overall bodyfat.
Measure your fat loss progress on the cheap. Use a snug fitting pair of jeans and a tighter fitting shirt to gauge your progress. Remember, you’re after fat loss and lean tissue gain… not weight loss. (I lose up to 3-5lbs just from sleeping, it doesn’t tell me anything useful).
—> Again, I encourage you all to set your sights a goal. A goal is a target. Once you have the target, set the timeline. Once you have the timeline, you can assess what kind of effort is required to achieve that goal in that timeline. It’s simple. We over-complicate what should be simple.
Cheers to keeping it simple…