Weight Loss Tip: When trying to lose weight it is a good idea to have some long term goals. For example, you could try to run 200 miles on the treadmill by the end of the month. Constantly striving for that number could be all the motivation that you need to keep up a fitness program for an entire month and subsequently lose a lot of weight.
In this video you’re going to discover the three things I’ve learned from getting to 8% body fat. It’s a bit of a longer one; I wanted to share with you guys how to it feels like to diet below 10%.
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Getting below 10% body fat to that range of 6-8% is no small feat.
It’s challenging both physically and mentally.
Your body is fighting back harder and harder the leaner you get. Hunger signals, loss of libido, anxiety, fatigue, lack of focus are just some of the symptoms when you’re in a severe calorie deficit for months and months.
I took the whole journey as a big challenge. The goal wasn’t competing in a bodybuilding show, a modeling gig or a photo shoot.
The idea behind getting to 8% body fat for me (and below) as to challenge me. I felt like I haven’t done anything extreme for a while and it was time to try out something new.
And this is why I would recommend to everyone to try it out at least one. It’s going to be hard, restricting food and dieting isn’t easy, but it will teach you a lot about yourself.
In this video, I’m going to share with you guys a few lessons I’ve learned on the journey to 8% body fat. Enjoy! And let me know in the comments below if you’re planning to do a similar diet soon.
Summary of lessons (I share much more on these points in the video, and also talk about individual studies that might help you understand these points better)
Lesson #1 – You’ll develop self-confidence and self-trust.
As you’re fighting off hunger, restricting your calories and everything feels very stressful you realize how challenging life can be, and how difficult life is for most people who aren’t luckily to live with an abundance of food available.
And despite the fact that you’re sometimes so hungry you want to bite off your finger you slowly adapt.
It becomes slightly easier to deal with it, you know you’re going to wake up tomorrow. And hunger isn’t an emergency anymore; it’s normal.
You also learn the difference between real hunger and fake hunger. Which if you’re doing something like intermittent fasting you already experienced.
Lesson #2 – Gratefulness for food
We’re rarely grateful for the opportunities we have today. This is the first time in history that we as a species are this well fed. And we don’t appreciate it.
It takes an extreme diet, and a lot of restriction to realize the value of abundance we have today. It’s not something that we should take for granted.
Lesson #3 – Find ways to celebrate progress.
Often we forget that it’s our responsibility to find ways to celebrate.
I used photos, weight scale, tape measure, caliper, MyFitnessPal, sheets and accountability partners to help me find things to celebrate.
Finding enjoyment in the process, when things get hard is what makes it all worth it.
You can see yourself winning; You understand how you’re dealing with this enormous challenge and it’s a precious feeling.
So many times we think there’s no reason to celebrate, everything looks negative and hopeless while in reality, that’s just our interpretations of things.
The truth is, you can always find something to celebrate and be grateful for, and it’s a skill a lot of us have completely forgotten.
Videos to check out:
– Getting To 6% Body Fat: Expectations Vs Reality (My Experience)
– How to setup your macros
– How to estimate your calories
– 3 Things You Need To Give Up To Get Ripped And Lean
– Is there evidence for a set point that regulates human body weight?
– Body Weight Set-Points: Determination and Adjustment
– 382 days of fasting in a row study
– Eating behaviors as predictors of weight loss in a six-month weight loss intervention.
– Quantification of the homeostatic control of human energy intake.
Talk soon, Mario
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