Motivational Monday: My summer science experiment

Even though I know a whole heck of a lot about nutrition and fitness and weight loss, I can fall prey to some of the same silly blunders that stymie so many. Like noticing that a few pounds have crept back on, deciding “I need to do something about that before a few become a LOT,” but then spinning my wheels, making no progress, and getting frustrated because I know what to do but I’m not doing it.

It’s about commitment. And you can’t really be committed if you aren’t motivated.

I’m not quite four weeks into Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat Summer Challenge, and I can already tell you what a difference a source of motivation and a wholehearted commitment makes. Frankly, I’m stunned with the results I’m getting. However, while his program is very good, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about not weight loss, but body fat loss, it won’t work without committment.

Tom’s program is excellent, but there are other excellent programs out there that differ in some of the nutritional or fitness philosophies. What ties these different good nutrition/fitness/fat loss programs together is that they are only as good as your adherence to them. You could sign on for the best, most effective program in the world, but if you follow it only halfheartedly, then guess what? You’re not going to get the results you want, and odds are you’ll blame the program, and not yourself.

For almost four weeks, I have been 100 percent compliant with every meal and ever snack and every single workout. Everything. (The program gives nutrition and fitness guidelines, but does not dictate exact food or exercise choices, so what I’m following is of my design.) And I will continue to be compliant until I reach the finish line at the end of August. I’ve already seen great results, with body fat lost and lean muscle gained. Frankly, I can’t wait to see how this experiment turns out.

Good nutrition, regular exercise (with weight training) and a source of accountability. The power of those three little things can be astounding!