How To Break A Fat Loss Plateau (Strong Virtue = Strong Body)

Posted on 03. May, 2011 by in Diet / Nutrition, Mental Strength & Life, Motivation, Uncategorized

How To Break A Fat Loss Plateau (Strong Virtue = Strong Body)

There is a plethora of information out there about how to train and what to eat in order to burn fat.

There’s all the information I’ve already put out, plus countless other articles, videos and programs put out by countless other trainers.

Most of it is accurate.

Some of it is not, but the thing about B.S. is that it reveals itself in very short order.

If it fools you for long it’s because you’re fooling yourself.

That being said, I think I will serve you best by drawing your attention not to the externals of fat loss, the logic of calories in vs. calories out, the optimal forms of cardio and strength training or the key foods that may or may not help you burn fat.

Instead, I want to focus on the internals, the things than happen inside you, mentally and spiritually.

Ancient philosophers spoke of virtues.  These are characteristics we embody and carry within us.

They carry names like strength, patience, persistence, compassion and restraint.

Virtues reflect the ephemeral, the I-can’t-see-it-but-I-know-it’s-there part of the world.

How does this pertain to fat loss?

Sometimes the way we do something has as much of an impact as what it is we’re actually doing.

The external world is more of a reflection of what’s going on inside us than many of us realize.  How many times have you seen someone “going through the motions” and it’s clear their “heart is not in it?”  You can see it and it’s in the quality of the external that the internal is made apparent.

So, if you’re following a program and you’re results are starting to lag, ask yourself, “Are you maintaining the virtues you started with?”

Do you have the tenacity, the strength, the patience or the perseverance you started with?  Do you have the same dedication to your goal, the same loyalty to that part of yourself that seeks to change?

Are you committed to your diet or have you back slid seeking more comfort?

Do you have the confidence you need to carry your program through or the humility to accept the fact that you didn’t get where you are over night and that it won’t just change tomorrow.

Taking a moment to step back, to honestly evaluate yourself can give you insight to into the internal mechanisms that are operating that lead to the external representation you’re trying to change.

Fixing the machine from the inside can lead to a truer change on the outside, one that fully reflects who and what you are.

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