by Dr. Kareem F. Samhouri, CSCS, HFS
Neuro Metabolic Fat Loss & Fitness Expert
Fat loss is not nearly as hard as people make it out to be. Losing fat at the fastest speed possible comes down to 3 basic principles:
2) Choosing the right exercises
3) Customization for best effect
This is the #1 mistake I see people make when working out. People work out and socialize or distract themselves with another activity, such as reading or watching TV. Exercise should be focused and should involve great intention. The intention you have when approaching your exercise program will ultimately dictate your results. Intending to be intense, drive yourself for a personal best with each workout, and learn about your body as you go through your program will lead to rapid success, time and time again.
You have to believe in yourself, and you have to take an interest in your own body. I recommend that you ask yourself the following 3 questions before beginning any workout you do:
- How far can I push myself?
- Can I have a better understanding of my body by the end of this workout?
- What one, specific thing, do I want to improve upon today and how will I get there?
Intensity is a great starting point. By challenging yourself to overcome ‘intensity barriers’ and developing the proper rest periods in order to do so, you are overcoming one of the most difficult areas in fitness. The human mind is so much more powerful than we give ourselves credit, and the ability to overcome any obstacle is much more in reach than we often realize.
Teach your body to obey your mind and you will win.
Choosing The Right Exercises:
This is the most difficult area for most people who are losing fat. The easiest answer here is to find a trusted resource in fat loss and follow his/her (my) lead. We are happy to help, but it’s best if you make it a point to educate yourself along the way. It’s the only way to truly become independent with your exercise program.
Naturally, it helps to keep the Triple M Method for Rapid Fat Loss (TM) in mind when selecting your exercises. As a review, this is:
- Muscle Balancing
- Movement Complexes
- Multi-Planar Movement
As a quick summary, this combination of factors in an exercise program, when paired with exercises that prevent adaptation and provide work for all 3 energy systems, is a powerful approach to fat loss. Learning how to choose exercises properly and stack them for the greatest effect is a lifelong pursuit.
My best recommendation for someone who is ready to lose fat rapidly and succeed with their goals is to start on the fat loss journey by modeling a successful approach while simultaneously empowering themselves with an education in their own bodies and program design. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy cosmetic results, increased levels of energy, and the concept of fitness success. There is no better motivator than results.
Customization For Best Fat Loss Effect:
This is neat, very neat: While you learn about your body, you will naturally improve here. However, finding an example of a single exercise program modified for multiple individuals and then analyzing which is most appropriate for you and your needs will cut away most of the learning curve. It’s amazing how fast you’ll be able to customize your exercise program for you specific body-type, gender, age, and exercise skill level when you see the same program adapted to multiple people.
This is like a personal training internship with a physical therapist developing the program. Over time, the intern turns into the program developer and the therapist sits back with a look of pride on her/his face as s/he watches in enjoyment. It’s a proud feeling for both of us.
Have a great day,