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Fit Habit #4: Push Harder
Living the Fit Life is a constant progression. You push your body to be stronger, faster and better during each workout. There’s no such thing as simply going through the motions of your routine – instead your focus is to consistently challenge your muscles to do more each day.
Fit Habit #5: Control Calories
Forget the unlimited buffet line. The Fit Life requires that you limit your total calories to within an appro- priate range for your size and goals. Remember, even healthy calories can add up to weight gain when you’re not careful, so calorie control be- comes a way of life.
That’s just the basics to living the Fit Life and some of the work that it takes to enjoy a fit and healthy body. Pretty hard, right?
So let’s check out what the Flab Life looks like...
Flab Habit #1: Forget Exercise
Your focus is to spend your spare time being as relaxed as possible. This means plenty of kicking back on the couch. The less that you use your muscles, the more aches, pains and mobility limitations you’ll experience. Oh, and if you’re consuming more calories than your natural metabolism burns then you’ll steadily gain weight.
Flab Habit #2: Eat For Taste
Adhering to the Flab Life means that you get to eat whatever sounds and tastes good. Our human palate is naturally drawn to items that are high in sugar, salt and fat so your eat- whatever-diet will naturally be filled with these fattening foods and will be lacking in protein and fiber. You’ll find your weight increases, and your energy levels plummet, accordingly.
Flab Habit #3: Indulge Often
The Flab Life says YES to junk food. Snacks and meals purchased at convenience stores and fast food res- taurants are a staple in your diet. And as I mentioned above, your favorite foods are likely high in sugar, salt and fat. Your indulgent eating is going to raise the number on your scale higher, and higher, in addition to putting you at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other weight related ailments.
Flab Habit #4: Stay Comfortable
The goal of the Flab Life is to be comfy. This means use as little
muscular strength as you can on
a daily basis. When you don’t use your muscles they begin to atrophy (shrink!), leaving you with less lean tissue. Since lean tissue raises your metabolism, a drop in lean tissue means you’ll be burning fewer calo- ries at rest than ever before causing fat gain to be automatic.
Flab Habit #5: Pile It On
In the Flab Life there’s no limit
on how much you eat – in fact, more is better. As a result you often feel sluggish from your overloaded diges- tive system. And your motivation to exercise and turn your Flab Life into a Fit Life gets dimmer and dimmer.
So which life is harder? The Fit Life? Or the Flab Life?
The truth is that both of these lifestyles are hard. It just depends on which hard you’d rather deal with.
The Fit Life’s hard has to do with discipline, motivation and determina- tion. It’s about doing the right thing rather than the easy thing. Most of all, the Fit Life is about constantly striv- ing forward.
The Flab Life’s hard has to do with excess fat, aches, pains, and physi- cal limitations. It’s about avoiding doing the hard thing now and ending up with a body that’s just plain hard to live in. Most of all, the Flab Life is about NOT taking action.
Which hard do you choose?
If you’d like the Fit Life then take action now by getting started. Contact your health care professional for any necessary guidelines you should ad- here to. When ready to go, I’ll be here to help you develop a fitness program that’s going to be hard. And reward- ing, and life changing. The best kind of hard.
Fit Life Snacking Secret: Pay Attention.
Do you ever find yourself snacking away without paying attention to how much you’re eating? Maybe you’re focused on a movie or the ball game. This is a sure-fire way to gain weight.
When your goal is to live the Fit Life it is important to practice the art of eating mindfully. This means that when you eat you should stay tuned
in to your level of satiety so that at the first sign of fullness you will stop.
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