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TIPS FOR FAT-LOSS

By Baskaran Sekaran

As coaches, it is paramount to unravel the complicated web of ones ability to eat, move, and sleep efficiently. In order to do this, we cannot see in black and white. As students, we all have our unique master design and we spend our life working on making it better. We might even learn about selves and become wiser along the way. There is a quote by LL Cool J that describes his journey that we at TFW can relate to: “I’m not trying to keep up or adapt. I’m allowing myself to grow, evolve and create new music.” Below, I am going to outline 4 ways to adapt in your dojo if your quest for fat loss has stalled.

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1. Self-awareness and a positive mental approach to training is just as important as what exercises you are performing. This is first because it is the hardest to achieve. I call it the silent killer. If you do not look for it, you might not even know it’s there. The silver lining is that it’s easy to find once you know what you’re looking for. All you have to do is be honest when I ask you this question: Do you get excited before you go to the gym, or do you dread it? Is it a chore or is it your sanctuary? If you are viewing your training in a negative light then a change might be necessary for you to succeed. Excitement, fun, challenges are words that come to mind when I train. What are the top three words you think of? At TFW we often ask ourselves “what’s your why?” A good mental approach to training is fortified in two concepts. why are you training? and what is your training atmosphere like. In other words, do you have a deep connection to why you are training? And, does the place you train at bring you joy?

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2. Don’t eat carbs at night. This is a touchy subject and I am not a nutrition expert. I bring it up only because we have seen such great results with this tip. Having said that, I do not mean ALL carbs. I try to get people who have fat-loss goals to stick with a protein source and veggies for dinner. My reasoning is that most people use night time as their down time. To be honest, we are either reading, watching tv, or something else sedentary and we don’t need the extra carbs. Stick to healthy fats and proteins and lots of veggies. Stay away from rice, pastas, grains, breads, and starches at night. This doesn’t mean I don’t want you to eat carbs. I just want you to time it better. Breakfast, lunch, and after workouts are all great times to consume carbs.

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3. Going through the motions. You will eventually plateau in training. You can’t go into the dojo and dead lift 225lbs forever. Don’t fall victim to complacency. This is a sneaky one. It is easier for the coach to spot it for you but you can’t rely on that. This is where the training the log becomes handy! Coach Rooney always says “you manage what you don’t measure.” If you are part of TFW then you have probably done warrior challenges. Keep track! Keep a record of your dead lifts and bench, etc. This will allow you to look back and point out a plateau that you may not have noticed. Basically, if you are comfortable in the dojo then you are probably at a plateau and need to change something.

4. Stop counting calories, count weight. Any by weight, I mean IRON. I read something amazing by Gray Cook. He said counting calories hasn’t made us a leaner society. In fact, body fat percentages have for the most part gotten worse.” We don’t count calories in my dojo, we count iron on the bar! I know woman are scared to get bulky so you might avoid the big lifts. I know some men who are scared to get hurt, so they avoid the big lifts. The big lifts will take your fat-loss to the next level. Big lifts will also make you the strongest, build the most muscle, and empower you like nothing else. Self -esteem is guaranteed to go up and with a higher confidence level comes higher energy and more progress!

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It is time to take charge of your training and evolve into a better you. If you are going to do something every week anyway, then do it AWESOME. Know why you are training, train at a great dojo, keep a log, and stop counting calories… count iron!