Why can’t I shift this excess weight off my belly?
I remember in my late teens and twenties I was lucky enough to be able to eat anything and everything. I never had to worry about whether I would put on any weight. That all changed once I hit my late 30’s. I was fairly active and always ate pretty well. I saw my body fat increase consistently. I was able to pinch excess skin off my body. It felt pudgy and soft. This left me so confused. I wanted to stop the body fat increasing but I didn't know how.
I thought about my current lifestyle and eating habits. As far as I was concerned, I was doing the right thing. I was active and I ate a great variety of healthy foods.
Where did I go wrong?
I've been an athlete for most of my life. Throughout my teens and late twenties, I was always able to maintain a physique that was lean. This was due to all the strengthening and conditioning I undertook to prepare myself for soccer at a competitive level. As I got older, maintaining a lean physique proved to be a challenge. I was able to still play soccer competitively but I couldn't stop my body from putting on unwanted body fat.
I've heard so many people blame the ageing process for the physical changes I was experiencing but I knew that there were other aspects that sped up the process.
Some of the reasons include: a change in lifestyle, activities levels not being sufficient for the intake of food, changes in priorities, eating habits and muscle loss.
I knew that the physical changes I was experiencing was just the very beginning of what I knew could happen hadn’t I taken control.
Once you hit 40, your body begins to change. Some of the changes males will experience include: the extra spare tyre around the waist, the man boobs and the extra padding around the thighs and backside. If you’re anything like me, you will do everything you can to delay and stop these physical changes occurring and take charge.
Some people reach a snap point in order to change the physical state that they are in. The feeling of not having control over the physical changes your body is undergoing is scary enough. As these changes begin to happen, we realise that we need to do something about it.
Once people realise that they need to make physical changes, they assume that they need to hit the pavement running and/or hit the gym 24/7. They think that by doing this their gut will disappear. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they want to lose the unwanted body fat and weight is that they train for fitness and not fat loss.
What’s the difference?
Knowing the difference between the two is detrimental in achieving your objective.
Training for fitness is performing a specific activity that you want to become efficient at. Once this happens, your fuel expenditure becomes efficient and your body doesn't change.
Training for fat loss is performing an exercise that you’re not very good at. An activity you find challenging and the activity is never the same.
Looking back now, I realise that this happened to me. I was so fit for soccer that my body got use to the activity. It was comfortable and wasn't challenged. I still ate the same amount of food and that was the core of the problem. Yeah, I was pretty fit but my physique didn't portray that.
Now that I am in my mid 40’s, I can honestly say that my physique is shaping up to be what it was like when I was 20. In fact, I feel stronger now than I did back then. The difference now is that I train smarter and not harder. I also match my nutrition to my training. I cycle all my programs for 12 weeks. During the 12 weeks of my program, I train for 3-5 hours a week. Not a day, a week! This is equivalent to 3% of my week. The beauty about this is that I see body composition changes and specific improvements that match my goal.
I know most blokes my age think ‘you can’t teach an old dog a new trick.’ What happens when your calf muscles and hamstrings start to cause you grieve when you’re experiencing severe muscle tightness that prohibits you from doing the things you love? Will you still resort back to old training methods hoping that the man boobs and fat gut will disappear?
With all the information and scientific research available, maybe it is time to learn new tricks/ methods of looking after yourself efficiently.
Train smarter. Not harder. Match your nutrition to your exercise. Slow down the ageing process and look better than you have ever…life begins at 40!
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