Setting Attainable Fat Loss Goals

Today, I’m interviewing fat loss expert Tom Venuto  to get you more tips and tricks to help you get super lean.  I must admit, Tom and I don’t agree on everything. There are some major differences in the way he trains compared to the way I train. And frankly, I know his stuff will suit some of you better than mine…it’s all a matter of finding the best approach for your personality.

Anyways, Tom maintains single-digit fat all year round – as do I, but again, we use different methods. Plus, Tom has helped over 10,000 people change their bodies with his Burn the Fat system.

Today he’ll show you how to stick to your program, no matter what it is…


Craig Ballantyne: Tom, tell us how the guys and gals reading today can be more consistent with their nutrition and training plans? Basically, how can they prevent the wheels from falling off the program?

Tom Venuto: Everything starts with setting well formed goals and putting them in writing.  You answer the question, “what, specifically, do you want?”  Ironically, the best that most people can say is, “I want to lose weight,” or “I want to get in shape.” Those are poorly set goals because they’re not specific. The more clarity you have, the better.

The second step is to get leverage on yourself and get emotionally involved with your goal by answering the question, “Why do you want it?”  The reason why is what creates lasting drive from within and keeps you going strong. Why is it important to you? What will it do for you? How will your life change? What will be the consequences if you don’t achieve it?

The third step is to create an action plan – in this case a menu and a workout program – then put it in writing and take action on your plan every day.

The fourth step is to stay focused on your goals and action plans constantly.

Read your goals as affirmations every day with desire and faith and belief. Visualize them every day as if you had already achieved them. People who are successful think about what they want and how they’re going to get it, all day long.

People who are unsuccessful think about their problems and what they don’t want, all day long. You move towards what you focus on. That’s as simple a formula for getting off the couch and getting started as you can get.

As long as you’re clear about your goals, you know the reasons why you want to achieve them, and you stay focused on them constantly, that will keep your wheels on the track and rolling in the right direction.

Craig Ballantyne: Thanks Tom.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, M.Sc.
Contributor, Men’s Health Magazine
CB Athletic Consulting, Inc.

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