There are two issues to body transformations, one is, can you get yourself to your goal and then the second is can you maintain it going forwards afterwards? Most weight loss studies are judged by how the person is after five years from starting the plan and usually 4 and half years+ since the actual intervention finished. The results are depressingly bad and show that most people simply revert back to their original or worse state.
Finding A New Mental Focus
One problem in weight maintenance is that once your goal is achieved you lose mental focus. To counter this it is often beneficial to develop a new goal to which you can direct action and focus. The most logical approach would be to put your efforts to maximising your health or training for a sport.
This is a good practice to adopt as maintaining your current goal weight is part of that process. It is even more helpful if the new approach involves being around other people of similar mindsets as such group thinking will influence you positively.
If you do not find a new focus then people often just move their goal posts and now focus on being even ‘thinner’ and look to lose more weight. I find this to be negative and a cause of negative body image issues. It is very powerful to have a end goal for your weight and when you get there then declare yourself done and feel happy about yourself and what you have achieved. It is in this place a new sports or focus on health becomes a healthy way to direct your mind.
The Annual Plan
There are two elements to the annual plan, one is structuring of the annual for periods of fat loss to counter any increase in weight that may happen through holidays, stressful periods or planned weight gain. The second element is using different challenge and focuses to maintain your standards in health & fitness so you can effortlessly without thinking stay around your goal target.
This can be further improved through the use of advanced health protocol and focusing on sports as mentioned previously.
Annual Structure – Planning Fat Loss Phases
How many fat loss periods you need to structure depends on your goals and ability to maintain current weight. If you still have not reached your goal then usual on/off periods should be used, likewise people who purposefully gain weight during the year (bodybuilding and similar sports, naked vs clothed ideal body difference) will also need to plan in appropriate periods. At the other end of the spectrum if you are very good at maintaining weight you may barely need to use a fat loss phase across the year. These examples are shown below –
Photo – Some example annual plan structures.
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