Whenever someone new comes through our doors, I always enjoy greeting that new person who is generally a little nervous with a smile and handshake. Tends to help settle the nerves a bit. Excited to get to know this person more, I ask the usual get to know you type of questions, “Where are you from?”, “What do you do?”, “How did you hear about us?” and this carries on for a while before I get to the questions about what brought you here and what are your goals? etc…. The most common reply is the general answer of “I just wanna lose a few kilos and get fit”. After being a Trainer/Coach for a while now, I have learnt that there is mostly a little more to it than that, so I tend to not settle on that answer and dig a little deeper. Sometimes people come straight out with what is really motivating them, while others take a little more getting to know and poking around. Whatever the reason, whether it be to look sharp for a wedding or an upcoming special occasion, the question “What Is the Quickest Way to Lose Weight?” or something along those lines usually pops up. If you have ever tried to answer that question, you will know that it is a very difficult question to answer, as there are so many variables to each individual. Age, genetics, work life, home life, training history, nutrition and the list goes on. If you googled the question “What Is the Quickest Way to Lose Weight?” you would get some good and bad information on how to do it. Whether the information is good or bad depends on the variables above and many other factors. Looking at all of it can be frustrating because you don’t get the straight answer you are searching for. My thoughts on it are like many others out there in that it’s very individual and takes trialling out different things to see what works for you. I can’t speak for others, but here are two things that I have learn’t along the way that has had the biggest impact on me achieving my goals over the years.
- Trial and error with food
I thought that some toast or cereal in the morning from time to time wouldn’t hurt that much but it actually did. This may have the same effect on most people, especially in the early stages when you have just started and your body is real sensitive to sugar and carbohydrates. In High School I wanted 6 pack abs, so throughout these years I trained mostly for sports, but secretly wanted abs like everyone else. No matter how much I trained, I could never achieve them for years until I cut ALL BREAD & CEREAL and switched to a high protein and fat breakfast. Believe it or not, bacon and eggs helped me get the abs that I desired. I still love it and eat it 5-6 days a week for breakfast. It took me until I was about 21 (5 years or so) to figure it out. I’m not saying that bacon and eggs is the only way, but I do suggest trying out a high protein/fat breakfast of some sort and skipping out on the toast and cereal. At least don’t do the same thing as me and waste years thinking that you can out train a bad diet.
- Ask for advice
The other thing that helped me was asking for advice from people who were I wanted to be. Obviously, you don’t wanna take every word they say as gospel, but if they have some proven results, it probably would hurt to heed what advice they give you. It wasn’t until I joined my mate who was in good shape, and could beat me in pretty much every type of workout or exercise that I could think of (except on the footy field;) encouraged me to come train with him and some other guys that I started getting rapid results with the physique and performance that I wanted. To be honest, it wasn’t easy, but what I needed to do was simple when I look back at it all. I trained with people who were smarter than me and were where I wanted to be. Training with that group and being in that environment was way better than trying to figure everything out on my own and pushing myself, like I was doing before. asically, this is an oversimplified version of how to lose weight quickly. It’s obviously not as simple as changing your breakfast and asking someone for advice, but it can be a good way to start. Do some trial and error yourself, but be sure to give enough time to let things work. One of my favourite quotes by Drew Canole goes “Every diet works, what doesn’t work is not being consistent” You know what else goes along with consistency? Is putting in the WORK! To me, consistency and putting in the work go hand in hand, but sometimes we don’t wanna do either. We want quick results! “What Is the Quickest Way to Lose Fat?” well, I’m sorry for the anti climax people but there is no quick way. My advice is to find a proven way of eating and training, then put in work consistently for a LONG time (over a week) then, re-visit after a month to see what is working and what is not. Keep doing what is working and cull things that aren’t working.