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Is it hard to learn how to lose fat?

Friday, August 8, 2008 by  
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I’m down another pound as of this morning (2.4 pounds total for the week), and this morning Lisa is down another 1.4 pounds (3.4 pounds for the week – a little much, but I think she was holding more water than I was). As I mentioned yesterday, the only change we made after being stalled for a couple of weeks is we eliminated alcohol. I knew it would work, but Lisa was skeptical: she didn’t think a few glasses of red wine could completely stall her fat loss, and wanted to cut her calories. I told her I didn’t think it was necessary for her to eat less, and to try the whole “no alcohol” thing with me. Needless to say, she’s very happy with me right now. 🙂

Putting aside the mental discipline one needs to lose fat, there’s really not much to it – at least not until you start dipping into the mid-ish single digits (below 8%). Eat clean (this is VERY important), do some cardio if you want (HIIT, LISS – who cares – do what you enjoy), lift weights with intensity and work hard and you will lose fat. If you are not losing fat then there’s usually a simple reason why. In my case, I was recently stalled because I was drinking alcohol several nights per week.

Dieting down to contest body fat levels without losing muscle can be tricky, and is a completely different subject, but most people are not interested in reaching 5% body fat. Stick to the basics, work hard and the fat will come off. Even a complete beginner who has no idea what it even means to eat “clean” can spend 2 or 3 hours reading the stickies in the beginner’s forum and come away with enough basic knowledge to formulate an intelligent fat loss plan.

I’d better get some breakfast going. Happy Friday, everyone!

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