I Can’t Lose Stomach Fat
I want to share a quick conversation I had with a client last week.
She walked in the door, we exchanged the obligatory “Hey, how ya doin’”, then she said…
“Okay Ed, I know I’ve gotten stronger over the past few weeks. My clothes fit better in my arms, chest and legs, but I’m not losing weight and my stomach isn’t shrinking. What the hell is going on?” (A direct quote)
It does to me. I’ve heard it dozens, hundreds, maybe thousands of times over the past several years.
My first response to her was to congratulate her on the progress she’s made in only a few weeks of committing herself to working hard and consistently.
She wasn’t exaggerating when she said she’s gotten stronger – her push-up form and execution was A LOT better, she could squat and lunge almost perfectly and just those 3 things alone were showing in her posture, healing up some nagging aches, pains and injuries and the definition of her arms, legs and butt.
Not only that, but I could tell her workout clothes were starting to look a little baggy – which meant that she was losing fat in the right places.
But it was obvious she was very frustrated with the lack of progress in her stomach – one of her biggest, if not the biggest problems she thought she had.
Maybe that’s you.
If that is you, here’s the checklist that I ran down with her and I want you to answer these questions quickly and honestly. Don’t over-think them, just answer. But you have to be completely honest with yourself.
1. What did your diet look like over the past weekend? If this weekend was okay, what did last weekend look like?
Most people fail miserably with their diets over the weekend.
You get out of your regular routine, fail to plan for obstacles, or just throw all your guidelines out the window “because it’s the weekend”.
I’m not exaggerating when I say you can sabotage all your hard work with 1 or 2 days of “relaxing” on the weekend.
I have had clients who work their butts off in their workouts and stick to their healthy eating habits all week, but when the weekend rolls around they eat donuts for breakfast (or bagels), fast food for lunch, then go out for dinner and drinks at night.
That could easily be 2000-3000 extra calories a day – and I’ve seen more!
To solve this try to stick as closely to a regular routine as possible all week. My goal is 6 out of 7 days are almost exactly the same, with 1 day of a little relaxation, but not complete disaster.
2. What did you eat yesterday?
I asked her this question because normally when someone is “down in the dumps” about their perceived lack of results it’s because they had a bad day the day before.
Stressful situations normally lead to emotional eating and drinking and/or laziness.
Sometimes they might only last for a day, but that’s enough to kick your self-confidence right between the legs.
If you have a bad day – just move on. You can’t change what happened yesterday, but you can control what you do RIGHT NOW. Make a decision to move on and not let the stress get to you in that manner again.
Instead take your stress out on something else – like your workout. Extend your normal workout by 5 or 10 minutes and really take your frustrations out there.
3. How intense are your workouts when not working with me?
I can control how hard someone is working when they’re with me (to a degree), but I have absolutely no control over how that person works when they’re on their own.
To her credit, she told me that she wasn’t working as hard as she should when she was on her own.
No matter how good the workout program is you’re doing, you’ll receive sub-par results if you’re not working to your full potential.
Do you rest too long between exercises?
Are you using a resistance that’s tough enough?
Do you quit the workout early or spend too much time talking?
You have to work the workout.
So how did you score on the questions? Did you find a hole or 2 in your own lifestyle?
With just those 3 questions, my client figured out what the problem and she’s on her way to fixing it. Sure there’ll be some bumps in the road, but I have no doubt she’ll lose the stomach fat.
What about you?
If you don’t know the answers to these questions, take notes in the form of a food/workout journal and spend 20 minutes a week looking back at how you felt, how you ate and what you did.
If you see some alarming behaviors, fix them.
You can achieve anything you want – I believe in you and have complete confidence in your abilities…
…But you have to do your part.
I will help you any way I can, but this is a team effort.
Have an awesome day!
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