Do I Have Any Weight Loss Secrets?
Hey! What’s happenin?
There have been a lot of things going on in the world of The Fit Dad, including a very exciting event coming up in the next couple of days – the 10-year wedding anniversary to my gorgeous and sexy wife, Andrea.
We started dating way back in high school and have been inseparable ever since. It’s pretty cool being married to your best friend and I love her more every day. We just finished up celebrating with a mini-vacation and left Maren at home. We miss her every time we leave her, but it’s always kinda nice to get away and leave the munchkin at home!
Okay, enough of the mushiness and on to the fitness and diet stuff!
I’ve been receiving more and more questions via email lately (which is awesome) and a common theme seems to come up over and over. People want to know if I have any secrets. They may not come right out and ask “Do you have any weight loss secrets?” but it’s usually pretty easy to read between the lines and figure out what they really want.
I can understand the desire to seek out secrets, but to be totally honest I don’t have any secrets – and there really aren’t any secrets to be found…anywhere.
Okay, that’s not totally true.
Here Are A Few Of My Weight Loss Secrets!
I do have a couple of secrets that I use on a regular basis to help me lose weight (when I need to) and to keep my fit, strong and trim physique.
But my “weight loss secrets” have more to do with “rules” that I hold myself to more than a secret workout technique, secret supplement, or whatever secret weight loss technique you may have hoped I would share.
What do I mean?
I’ll give you a few examples of some of my “rules” (or if you prefer to refer to them as secrets…be my guest)…
When it comes to workouts, here are my rules/weight loss secrets:
1. Always focus on full body metabolic workouts that use primarily dumbbells, kettlebells and my own bodyweight. I can’t stand long, drawn out workouts because I find them boring and I want my workouts to have the flexibility of being done at home in addition to my training studio.
And when I say “metabolic” I mean I always include at least 2 or 3 exercises that crank the intensity up and I work ‘em. Sometimes it’s a Burpee with a push-up at the bottom and Jump Split Squats (mixed in with things like Swings, Push-ups, Inverted Rows, etc.) Other times it’s Turkish Get-Ups…which are killer, but they suck.
I do use barbells, and it’s primarily for squats, cleans and deadlifts – I don’t do bench press anymore and haven’t for a couple years.
2. I’m a dude and I like to work on my arms, but I always leave this to the end of the workout.
Don’t get me wrong – things like push-ups, rows, pull-ups, dips, etc. ALL work the arms, but sometimes it’s nice to do some of the isolation exercises like bicep curls, triceps extensions, etc. I do them, but I keep them at the end of the workout because if I’m running short on time I want to make sure I fit the most important stuff in first…and hitting the “isolation” exercises are NOT the most important.
3. I hate cardio. I hate it, hate it, hate it! That’s why I stick mostly with bodyweight cardio. I’ll be posting some more examples of bodyweight cardio workouts on the blog in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for those.
When it comes to my nutrition or “diet”, I also have a few weight loss secrets and rules…
1. I start every day off with a homemade smoothie. I can’t emphasize how important a healthy breakfast is and this goes way beyond weight loss.
My homemade smoothies include real fruit (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries), quality whey protein powder, ground flax seed and Kefir. They taste fantastic and give me a HUGE nutrient boost and shoot my energy through the roof!
2. If I want a treat, I’ll eat it. I’m not going to deprive myself of something that I want. If I want some chocolate, I’ll eat some damn chocolate.
But…I don’t go overboard and I don’t do it more than once per day. My treats are small – once per week I’ll splurge a bit, but if I’m trying to lose some weight I don’t allow myself any “splurges.”
3. I keep my “containers” small. Small plates, small bowls.
This is a no-brainer when you think about it. The smaller the plate or bowl, the less food you can fit.
We have a bad habit of wanting to fill our containers with food…then we eat all that food.
If you use small bowls and plates you can still fill it and eat it, but you’ve cut the total calories by at least 50% and possibly more.
Okay, that’s all the secrets I feel like sharing today.
You need to come up with your own “secrets” and use them. You can use mine if you’d like, but I encourage you to figure some things out that work for you and fit your personality and your lifestyle.
Not everyone has the personality that allows them to “cheat” when they want. They don’t have the control and can’t stop at a small amount. That’s fine.
Figure out what works for you.
Have an awesome day!
The Fit Dad
P.S. – If you’ve come up with your own “secrets” or “rules”, please let me know what they are. I love hearing what other people have come up with and what works for their lifestyle. Leave a comment below and let me know what they are!