Why You Should Set Goals To Increase Your Fitness And Weight Loss

By Sam Witter on 19th July, 2016

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When starting a new lifestyle plan, it is important to remember a few key tips that will make all the difference.

Yes it is very important to eat well and live an active life, but that isn’t all.  Why so many people fail to lose fat and get the results they want is because they aren’t following a few simple rules.

Firstly, you need to be eating the right foods, a diet that is low in processed simple carbohydrates and high in protein, good fats, fruit and vegetables. By eliminating or reducing the amount of simple carbohydrates you eat blood sugar levels will stabilise and your body will go into a fat burning state.

Secondly, exercise. You really need to exercise 3-4 times a week, even if it is only a quick 30 minute session. Lifting weights and interval training is the best approach. During this type of exercise lactic acid will be produced in the body and your heart rate will be raised, both of which are important for fat burning.

I see clients hit their targets every week, but not everyone I see has the same success. Everyone is different and genetics play a part but in my opinion the biggest determining factor is motivation. If you want something enough you will get it and nothing will get in your way. I am a big believer in this. So many people come to the gym and exercise without a goal. Why spend so much time and effort if you don’t know what is it you are trying to achieve?

Why are you doing the 7pm gym session when you could be at home watching TV? Motivation is very important. Knowing what to eat and how to train is only half the battle. Actually sticking to the plan and following it through is the hardest but most rewarding part.

Goal setting: take some time to think about what it is that you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it and make a plan to help you get there.

Write down your goal in as much detail as you can and the date you want to achieve it by. Add pictures or anything else that will help to keep you focused. Then put it where you will see it everyday, on the fridge or bedroom door for example, tell as many people as you can and get them to hold you accountable.

I have developed a couple of really useful tools on my website www.thetriplan.co.uk the progress tracker and inspiration wall. Check out my video here.

About Sam Witter

Sam Witter

Sam Witter is a personal trainer and nutritionist who has helped celebrities such as Coleen Rooney and Mel C achieve their health and fitness goals.

A love for sport and fitness growing up led him to pursue a career as a personal trainer. As he developed his knowledge of the way the body works, he became more and more interested in hormone and bio-signature analysis and the different hormonal effects of certain foods on the body.

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