You've probably heard all the statistics of why belly fat is extremely detrimental to our bodies. You've started wearing shirts at the beach… and you've possibly moved up a size in pants.
If you've started to accept the fact that you have belly fat, you need a wake-up call.
Men over 40 do not have to have belly fat! It's as simple as that.
If you have 20-30 pounds of fat that you want to lose, listen up. All you need to do to start losing weight is to decide you want to, and then commit to the process.
In this article, you'll find the tools you need to start losing weight for men and how to keep it off.
How to Start Losing Weight: Change Your Diet
The word “diet” does not always have positive connotations. Here's how a lot of men define the word:
Diet (noun, verb): The action of restricting what, when and how you eat– essentially depriving yourself of the good stuff– for the goal of (hopefully) slimming down.
If this is how you think of dieting, get ready for a good surprise!
We have developed a free 1-day meal plan that is delicious, un-restrictive, and EFFECTIVE.
Here's our secret: We don't base our meal plan around what you cannot eat and confine you to broccoli, chicken, and rice on repeat.
We use a simple formula called “Perfect Plates” that you can use yourself. Your plate of food should be 1/2 vegetables, 1/4 lean protein, and 1/4 healthy carbs. Voila!
This method is perfect for men at any stage of weight loss because it can be completely customized to your food intake.
As you start to slim down and “cut,” you can start to limit your portion sizes. But when you're just starting out, it's so important that you simply eat meals that are nutritional.
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How to Start Losing Weight: Change Your Routine
Just like with your diet, your exercise routine should gradually get more challenging as you move through the weight loss process. For men starting to lose weight, the initial challenges can be too much.
But there are so many excellent exercise routines out there– from weight training to high-intensity cardio.
First, you need to identify where in the weight loss journey you are at.
If you don't currently work out or go to a gym, start with integrating a walk or jog around your neighborhood every morning. This is a great way to form a new habit of fitness and gear your body up for more intense exercise.
If you are a little further along, look into our 24-minute fat burning workout. This full-body workout only requires a set of dumbbells and 5 feet of floor space.
If you're not sure what type of exercise you'll enjoy and want to commit to, go through our 3 best fat-burning workouts for men. Trying these exercises will help you find your groove.
Remember, as you start to integrate exercise into your routine, it is a marathon and not a sprint. Never push yourself too far in the beginning. This will only result in injury and frustration.
Find a rhythm that works for you and monitor your weight loss through the weeks.
How to Start Losing Weight: Change Your Mindset
In order to lose weight, you need a mindset of commitment and positivity.
Like any challenge in life, you will hit obstacles in your weight loss journey. This is inevitable.
What you can control is how you respond!
With crazy schedules and a demanding job, you may not be able to work out at the same time every single day. What is important is that you actively find time to work out every week, no matter how you fit it in.
There are so many ways to do this!
Try biking to work if you live close enough. If it's your job to take your son to soccer practice, stay and work out in the next field over instead of leaving. Include your wife or partner in your workout routine as they're usually your best source of motivation.
There is NO excuse to ignore your health.
Like I learned with my father, many of us realize it's a priority when it's just too late.
How to Start Losing Weight: Change Your Habits
Building good habits is the foundation of a successful weight loss story.
Think about it– the easiest choices to make in life come out of habit.
Habits are the secret weapon for men to begin to lose weight.
Whether you shower in the morning or evening, whether you park in the driveway or in the street in front of your house. These choices come naturally, without any thought.
The best thing you can do when you start to lose weight is form good, healthy habits.
Since you know that habits are actions that you repeat until they become second nature, then all you have to do to create a good habit is to repeat good behaviors.
Sounds pretty easy, right?
The challenge is following through. Think about what you struggle with the most in your fitness journey and start with one big goal.
This might be eating the correct nutrients or making time for exercise.
Any habit can be made with the right amount of time and commitment. You can read more about the 5 habits you need to overcome any slump here.
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No matter how many pounds you have to lose, you will be successful if you follow the advice above.
How am I so confident? Because we've helped over 35,000 busy fathers like yourself lose fat… and counting.
Just look at these guys!
They all started where you are now. Through perseverance and tools like our 24-minute fat burning workout and our comprehensive weight loss transformation program, they are seeing lasting results.
We encourage you to reach out to our team if you have any questions before starting on your weight loss journey.
Remember, you don't have to do this alone!
*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on how to start losing weight for men.