Top 3 ways to make fat loss easy without focusing on fat loss …
Serious question …
How much of your life has been spent trying to lose fat?
Take a minute and really consider the answer.
Even if you can’t come up with an exact number of years …
Think about the percentage.
50%? 60%? Has 70% (or more) of your life been spent pursuing or at least thinking about fat loss??
If yes, don’t feel bad.
It’s not good/bad or right/wrong … it just is.
Have you considered that spending so much time trying to lose fat is actually the reason you can’t lose fat?
Crazy, I know. But maybe it’s crazy enough to be accurate.
Mel’s oldest daughter asked me a funny question yesterday.
She’s 15 and is getting into lifting weights (in fact, we’ll all be hitting the gym together today!).
It’s a beautiful thing. Especially since it’s way easier to build strong children than it is to fix broken adults. But that’s besides the point.
Yesterday we were having dinner and she said … Mike, do you follow the traditional bulk and cut method like most gym bros?
I laughed and answered honestly … nope. At this point, I stay around maintenance for most of the year and will only cut for occasions like a photo shoot.
Then, Mel asked if I’ve ever bulked before.
And it reminded me of the most productive year of my life with regards to my body composition.
The major turning points in my fat loss journey
Actually, there have been two major turning points in my journey …
1. When I stopped trying to place myself into a diet and training box and actually learned how to use my personality to make insane progress, and …
2. When I spent a full year trying to build muscle.
Also worth mentioning … both turning points were a direct result of excellent coaching.
So maybe the overarching turning point was when I stopped trying to figure everything out on my own … but I digress.
Anyway, that year of building muscle was so rewarding.
I got noticeably stronger, I ate more calories than I thought possible, I was full of energy. I slept like a champ and my physique changed in ways that made me proud.
I actually got leaner when the scale went up.
Ironically, my “oh fuck” number became my lean AF number.
You know the number that freaks you out when you see it on the scale?
That used to be 185 or above for me.
After spending a full year building muscle, my oh fuck number was essentially my photo shoot number.
It was two summers ago and I did my photo shoot at around 184 and looked absolutely shredded.
And I got to do the photo shoot with my puppies so it was extra special.
They didn’t need to cut for the shoot since they are natural beauties. 😉
Anyway, I tell you this story because the time I spent NOT trying to lose fat was the exact thing that made fat loss easy.
Up until that point, I had spent the majority of the previous decade worrying about fat loss.
And it completely changed once I removed the focus away from the thing I was trying to achieve.
How to make fat loss easy – 3 simple steps!
So … here are my top 3 ways to lose fat without trying to lose fat.
1. Focus on building muscle.
No explanation needed … just re-read the novel I wrote above lol. In a nutshell … you’ll get stronger, look better, eat more, burn more calories, and make fat loss easier overall.
2. Build your metabolism.
Dieting is killing your metabolism. The good thing is … your metabolism is like cat. It’s got 9 lives.
Ok, not exactly but it’s pretty damn resilient.
However, that doesn’t mean you can treat it like shit all the time and get away with it.
Putting your body in a constant state of stress = treating your metabolism like shit.
Eating less is a stressor. Exercise is a stressor. Should we tally up all the stressors from your daily life too? Probably too many to list but you know what they are.
So maybe let’s flip the script and focus on metabolic support.
To prime your metabolism you want to:
– Eat enough calories to support your activity and stress levels.
– Eat enough protein to maintain muscle.
– Walk more to support recovery, hormonal balance, stress relief, and additional energy expenditure.
– Eat high quality foods (and less processed foods) to support hormones, neurotransmitters, healthy digestion, and energy.
– Avoid too much cardio so you don’t become too efficient with calories.
– Prioritize strength training so you become inefficient with calories (aka burning more calories at rest).
And lastly …
3. Set goals around sleep and stress management.
This is the one that frustrates people the most.
I get it … you may not have full control over how many hours of sleep you get each night.
And there are plenty of stressors that can’t be removed.
Cool … so be a victim and don’t make any changes.
Orrrr … maybe focus on what you can control.
The goal is not to eliminate all sources of stress.
In fact, some stress is necessary and actually makes you better.
The goal isn’t to sleep 10 hours per night (although that sounds like a dream).
You simply want to get as much QUALITY sleep as possible.
You can’t change the quantity?
Focus on quality.
Have a set wind down routine, keep your room pitch black and cool, avoid blue lights before bed or get some blue light blocking glasses. Do something to calm your mind like journal or meditate or take some CBD or a quality sleep product.
It’s also worth noting that the stress from constantly dieting will also impact your sleep quality.
Another reason to consider the opposite approach.
Lose fat by not focusing on losing fat.
Make fat loss easy by changing your mindset.
The biggest challenge will be your mindset.
Will you buy in and commit?
That’s the only thing standing in your way.
And I say that from experience.
Before I spent a full year trying to build muscle … I was scared. I was totally in my own head.
I had tried it before and always defaulted back to eating less.
This time, I hired a coach and made the commitment.
By committing to my coach, I committed to myself.
If you need that kind of support because doing it on your own hasn’t worked yet …
Then, I highly recommend reaching out about our 1:1 coaching program.
We help our clients achieve results predictably and repeatedly because we understand the hurdles and roadblocks you’re facing.
That’s why we start with our Neurotyping principles. We want to know what your body will respond best to and what foods will make you feel your best.
Then, we prime your metabolism so fat loss becomes quick and efficient. Why delay the process? Let’s just get it done and end the frustration.
And lastly, we make sure that everything we’re doing fits within your lifestyle so you can maintain those results for life. We also care a lot about enjoyment. We want you to be able to live your life and have fun while still achieving your goals.
All in all, our clients end up losing an average of 20-30 lbs. in 6 months with our 1:1 coaching program and feeling totally confident in their ability to maintain those results or even make more progress on their own.
Thousands of success stories later and I can confidently say that there is nothing out there better when it comes to true individualization.