Stop Dieting Become Fit For Life

You are responsible for your fitness.

You already know that you need to eat right and do some sort of exercise in order to become fit for life.

I personally eat everything imaginable and maintain a good physique and once weighed 320 lbs before getting sick and tired of being fat and getting busy. You can eat whatever you want just not whenever you want.

You need to remember everything in moderation is a good thing. You need to know that if you rarely exercise you can’t just eat whatever you want. The older you get the worse it gets in terms of your metabolism if you don’t work at it.

If you begin to regulate how much good food and how much junk food you eat you can lose weight. You really want to eat good balanced meals and become a fat burning machine. You   should have a good idea of where you are overeating in your day to day intake.

It can be a bit of a task to not over indulge in food that you love. You need to take back control in your life. Food can and will kill you if you let it. You need to stop letting the food take control in your life. Stop being a slave to food! Food is meant to sustain you and give you energy not make you want to take a nap.

When you eat food you should feel good not uncomfortable. If you feel uncomfortable and sluggish when you eat then you know you are definitely overeating and probably eating the wrong types of food. You need to eat food that can metabolize quickly to give you energy.

You can eat all day long if you eat the right types of food. You really need to learn how your body processes food and what food is good for energy and what food is not. Fruit and vegetables is awesome for energy, it metabolizes quickly to give you energy to want to move around not want to lay down.

There are so many diet plans out here that it makes our heads spin. The plans that work best include everyday food and exercise. There is no need to measure your food portions unless you think a serving of beef is a pound or more. I eat at least 6 to 8 ounces of beef or pork at any one meal. I used to fill up on just the meat and not eat much of any other food at a meal. You fill up on meat, or any one thing for that matter. Remember I said moderation.

The bottom line is you need to exercise to be able to eat more food. Your body can only burn so much on its own and will store the rest as fat. Exercise needs to get your heart rate up and keep it there for a set period. That period depends on your food intake and what kinds of food you eat. Food can be your friend or your enemy, of course you know this already though.

You cannot just eat whatever you want and in quantities that surpass your bodies need for nutrition and sustainability and expect not to gain weight. If you are looking for a magic pill then you are just who the marketers are looking for when they sell their fairy dust. If you want to lose weight and be fit for life you need to figure out your metabolism.

How much food can your body process without storing fat in any given day?

Until you figure this out you will never lose weight or maintain it. You need to take into account your height, weight and activity level in order to know how much food it takes to sustain and lose weight for you personally.

It is not rocket science, although the weight loss industry would like you to believe that in order to sell you more stuff. You must eat enough food also. If you skip meals and think that is good you are wrong. Your body regulates fat storage by how much food you take in and how often. There has to be a happy medium though. You can’t just eat and eat and expect fat not to be stored. If you are an athlete and burn 5000 calories in  a day then you need massive intakes of food. If you sit at a desk all day and find it a task to walk the steps you are in trouble.

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The #1 Factor In Your Fitness Success

Just the other day, someone asked me what I thought was the #1 “Most Important Factor” in determining how fit and muscular you became.

They wanted to know if it was Cardio, weight Training, or Proper nutrition. I think my answer may have puzzled him a bit because I said it was none of those.

After I thought about the question for a few minutes, I told him that there was a more important factor that preceded any of those he mentioned.

I told him it was your attitude that determined your fitness levels and what type of condition you’ll achieve.

You see, proper nutrition, supplements, cardio exercise, and weight training are all important factors, but it is your attitude that determines how hard you focus on each of those areas.

Generally speaking, your attitude is simply how you view things in life, how you see something to be.

More specifically, you either have a positive view, or slant on things, or a negative view. This attitude shines through in all that you do, including working out and dieting.

If you generally have a good, positive attitude towards fitness, then you are going to approach working out with more intensity and more meaning.

You realize that in order to achieve and maintain a certain level of conditioning, you have to “pay the price” and put in some hard work.

But working out does not seem to be a “chore” with a positive attitude.

You look forward to it and feel positive knowing that the steps you take in and out of the gym are going to bring you closer to the body that you want.

On the other hand, if you approach working out and dieting with more of a “negative attitude” you are either going to:

1. Do nothing at all as far as working out and eating healthy because it all seems like so much hard work to get in great shape.

Since working out seems like a chore, you find it much easier just to sit back and complain about your current situation, doing nothing to fix it.

With a negative view, you label “working out” as too much hard work and do not take the necessary steps to get the body you want. That’s why it’s important to view working out in a positive light and not a negative one.

Focus more on what you want rather than what you don’t want. Or, with a negative attitude:

2. You are going to do the bare minimum when it comes to working out and watching what you eat.

With a negative mindset, you’re maybe going to go to the gym once in a while, but once there, not give it your 100% all.

When it comes time to maintain a healthy eating regimen, you are not going to be quite as strict as you should be and you are going to give in to “instant pleasure” when the long term rewards seem so distant and far away.

So be more aware of your mindset and attitude when it comes to working out and getting fit.

Like Zig Ziglar says, “Do a check-up from the neck up.”

If you approach bodybuilding with a positive attitude, you ARE going to take the necessary steps to get in shape, even when it would be so much easier to stay in and watch TV.

You realize that persistence will pay off and that all of these workouts and times skipping the pizza WILL get you where you want to be.

Conversely, approach your workouts and nutrition with a negative mindset and you are setting yourself up for failure.

If you view working out and healthy eating with a negative viewpoint, you are not going to give your best when doing them.

As I am sure you’re aware, you only get in return what you give, harvest what you plant.

Be more positive in all areas of your fitness approach and you will get the body you want much, much faster.

Personal trainer and natural bodybuilder Shawn LeBrun offers proven muscle building workout routines to help you build muscle and lose fat in less time. Visit Shawn Lebrun Fitness to learn how.

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Key to the Ultimate Muscle Building – Fat Loss – Fitness – Success Mindset

A few years ago, I regularly had those brief but friendly verbal exchanges with a fellow gym member upon arriving at the facility each day for my muscle building workouts. You know the kind of interaction I’m referring to; just some small talk and friendly joking with someone you never get to know outside of that one specific setting. I recall having a conversation with him on one particular day that went something like this:

“Hey Scott… how’s the training going?” “It’s going great, Mike”, I answered. “But I’m feeling a bit tired today.” “Well… “, he said almost perfunctorily. ” At least you’re in here. You showed up for your workout and that’s better than a lot of people”

Interestingly, I cringed a bit at the sound of those words. ‘At least I’m in here?’ What if the muscles I had come to work that day were in dire need of one more day’s rest? What if working them prior to that rest would be the catalyst that sends them down a spiral of over-training and inadequate recuperation? If that were the case, then showing up would be about the most counterproductive thing (in regard to bodybuilding) I could do that day.

Although Mike’s point made sense within a specific circumstantial context, I detected traces of a mentality that’s all too common among us and all too subtly damaging to human potential. This mindset rears its ugly head in every life context. It resides within each of us in varying degrees, depending on the life setting and circumstances. I will refer to it here as simply – the Motive-Driven Mentality.

The motive-driven mentality sits in direct contrast to the Outcome-Driven Mentality. The outcome-driven mentality is concerned with objectively measurable outcomes that result from our actions. By contrast, the motive-driven mentality is displayed when we congratulate ourselves for our intentions rather than concerning ourselves with the effects of our actions. When we hurt another person’s feelings and the first thing out of our mouths is “I didn’t mean it”, we are (in that moment) saying: “judge me for my motives and forget about the actions”.

Unfortunately, the tendency to be driven by motives is especially prevalent in the contexts of bodybuilding, fat loss, and fitness. It’s displayed when gym members drift from one piece of workout equipment to another with no objective other than to “get a good workout”. With such an ambiguous short-term goal, it’s transparently revealed why the very same people will congratulate us for simply showing up at the gym. If we’re not driven by the consequences of our actions, we end up patting ourselves and others on the backs for activity – no matter how blind that activity might be.

The best mindset for success in life is to be as outcome oriented as possible. This is vitally important in all life contexts where more success is sought, regardless of how we define that success. When frustration sets in due to our current lack of understanding of what strategies will bring forth the outcomes we desire, we must rein ourselves in before that flustered state leads us to letting our intentions feed our egos. If that happens, we’ve been bitten by the motive-driven mentality.

Reining ourselves in is mostly a matter of how we set and pursue goals. Those goals need to be specific and accompanied by measurable steps that beat a path to their achievement. For example: When I enter the gym, I know precisely what my objective is and what I need to do in order to meet it. I know how that objective sits within the path to my long-term goal and I know upon leaving the gym whether I’ve met that objective. The rewards of this mindset, accompanied by an effective workout strategy, have far exceeded any fleeting pleasure I once derived from workout spontaneity. In other words, the results from an outcome-driven mentality in bodybuilding have made those of the motive-driven ones pale by comparison.

So much of success in life depends on our mental approach. Therefore, it’s important for us to honestly assess our mental strategies and discover how they affect our outer ones. Above all, when we detect that we’ve succumbed to a tendency to be self-congratulatory for our terrific motives rather than the consequences of our actions, it’s probably time to psycho-evaluate ourselves within the context in question. This can lead to an outcome oriented mentality, which provides a foundation for the ultimate success mindset.


Scott Abbett is the author of HardBody Success: 28 Principles to Create Your Ultimate Body and Shape Your Mind for Incredible Success. To see his personal transformation, visit

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