How Ed Lost 70 Pounds of BodyfatApr 06, 2021
We're in a time right now that's going to test a lot of people.
Many over-40 men & women are in panic mode and many are paralyzed with fear and doing nothing to stay healthy and strong.
Not everybody, but many are doing nothing to improve their health.
Late nights reading the gloom-and-doom news feed, combined with stress eating is commonplace.
And since quite a few fitness centers, healthy clubs, and gyms have closed, well, many have stopped exercising.
My clients are an exception to the rule: Prioritizing their health, training at-home using little-to-zero equipment, being mindful with nutrition, managing stress, and staying accountable with a coach.
But there are a few key things that you can concentrate on right now.
There are things that you can do to make sure that, when we come out of this, you'll be lean and strong. And sane too.
Focus on taking care of your yourself and building a positive community around you. That time is now.
Today I'm re-sharing Ed's story.
Ed is a client-athlete who literally changed the course of his life in only one year.
What we need right now is to hear more stories like this.
People who could have quit.
People who have had things stacked against them.
Yet, in adversity, they got their mindset right and created the strongest and leanest version of themselves.
How Ed Lost 70 Pounds of Bodyfat
To say that I am proud of Ed's accomplishments (he lost 70 POUNDS of fat in 12 months) would be an understatement.
He eliminated excuses and followed a clear road map to help him achieve his goals.
It has been a great honor to coach him.
He is also a teacher and coach, so his personal transformation serves as a great lesson for his students, friends, and family:
"Give up your fears and believe in yourself. In the end, you will see results."
- Edward Ziegenfuss
Ed's wisdom and advice can be a guide right now, for everyone.
If you are struggling to lose weight, check out these eight simple tips to help you along your journey to better health.
1. Drink water 30 minutes before meals.
One study showed that drinking water a half hour before meals increased weight loss by 44% over three months.
Side benefit: When you're hydrated, you reduce the chance of mistaking hunger for thirst.
2. Eat a high-protein breakfast.
Consuming a high-protein breakfast will help to reduce cravings and total calorie intake throughout the day.
3. Use smaller plates.
Studies show that people automatically eat less when they use smaller plates.
Strange, but it works.
4. Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice.
Energy-dense liquids encourage fat storage because, well, they create a calorie surplus.
On the other hand, maintaining a caloric deficit can help you lose weight.
5. Drink coffee or tea.
If you’re a coffee or a tea drinker, then drink 2-3 cups daily. The added caffeine can boost your metabolism by 3-11%.
6. Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods.
Mindful nutrition means you focus on whole foods.
Unprocessed foods are healthier, more filling, and much less likely to encourage overeating.
7. Eat your food slowly.
Fast eaters gain more weight over time because your brain doesn't have time to release the "I'm full" chemicals.
Eating slowly and mindfully makes you feel more full.
8. Get a good night’s sleep, every night.
Poor sleep is one of the strongest risk factors for weight gain, so prioritizing quality sleep is important.
If you are getting less than seven hours of deep slumber each night, weight loss will be tough.
Think of these proven strategies as waypoints on your roadmap to success.
How you get to your goal might look a little different going forward, but if the outcome is the same, does it really matter?
That's why you must focus on the outcome.
A lot of our clients are working out more now than they did a year ago.
That's in large part thanks to our "hybrid" model where you can train in the facility, but if you can't make it in, you can click a link from home and be led through a great on-demand coaching session.
We've also been able to go deeper into the "other stuff" over the last year.
That includes things like nutrition and accountability and realizing you can check in with your coach on your lunch break via Zoom.
This type of remote option means you may not need to drive to the facility for that check-in to get the same outcome.
At its core though, two key pieces must be in place to get the outcome you want.
Without coaching and accountability, success is elusive.
The "how" might look different over the last year, but the outcome is the same, if not better.
We've seen the education system and work systems reinvent themselves as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hybrid learning, working from home, etc.
What is the outcome you’re going after?
If you know that, just be flexible now that the method on how that outcome gets achieved may be different, but if the outcome is the same, that’s okay.
Take imperfect action and watch how quickly things turn around when all the craziness comes to pass.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.