How To Burn a Pound of Fat

It’s been said that “Losing weight is simple, but it’s not easy!” I couldn’t agree more. You may actually ‘know’ what you need to do in order to burn fat. The plan, when you think about it, is actually pretty simple. There’s science behind it, but it’s not rocket science ;) It’s actually following and sticking with the plan that is the not so easy part…

…that is, unless you are following steps #1, #5, and #6 that I share in this video.

Here’s your simple plan for how to burn fat…

The common flaw in unsuccessful attempts at losing weight is that

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Are You Giving Your Very Best Effort Toward Achieving Your Fat Loss Goals?

“I’ve tried everything!” If only I had a penny for every time that I’ve heard that statement made by a frustrated dieter. I’d be writing this post from my very own private tropical island :D

You may have started several different diets. You may have followed several different workout programs. But did you honestly give your very best effort to all of them? Honestly? If not, then can you honestly say that you’ve tried each of those programs?

Have you really tried everything? Seriously. Every diet and workout program out there?

Are you aware of these lies that you tell yourself every day?

I’m confident in saying that what you believe you can achieve in regards to your fat loss goals is nowhere near what you can actually achieve. I believe that you can accomplish much more!

Burn The Fat Success StoryAllow me to use just a few of the many examples of amazing transformation success stories from Tom Venuto’s Burn The Fat Inner Circle to prove this point…

If you are around 40% body fat right now, I bet the thought that you could release fat and sculpt your body to the point of winning a medal in a figure competition and being featured in fitness magazines seems impossible and ‘unrealistic’

…Yet that’s exactly what 40 year old Eka Ukaobasi did!

Burn The Fat Success StoryI bet that the thought of losing 254.6 pounds in just two years sounds impossible, especially when you’ve tried to lose weight in the past and it ended in frustration and disappointment…

…Yet that’s exactly what Michael Boyd did. Think about that for a moment. That’s like going through life carrying around two lean women around everywhere that you go. Then over the course of two years doing what’s necessary to get them off your shoulders and ease the burden of that excess load.

Take a look at his photo collage. His before and after pictures could be mistaken for two completely different people. At the beginning of your journey it may be difficult to believe that you can look that great. But over time anything is possible.

Burn The Fat Inner Circle Success StoryEka wasn’t the only woman in Tom Venuto’s Burn The Fat Inner Circle who surprised themselves and decided to take their fitness to the next level and compete in a women’s physique competition. There’s actually been several women who took that big leap, including Bonnie Van Niekerk who released 51 pounds and 12% body fat and entered into a competition. Bonnie actually shared her entire journey in the Burn The Fat Inner Circle to inspire other women about what’s possible even when faced with challenges.

Bonnie mentioned something very inspiring during one of her interviews in the Burn The Fat Inner Circle. She said, “To be lean and fit is within everyone’s reach no matter what your current weight or genetic type. You can be a better version of YOU. It takes desire and the right motivation. Don’t get discouraged, and put yourself first for a change.”

I love that advice!

Have any of these examples helped you realize that you are capable of much greater results that you previously thought possible?

This is one of my favorite motivational clips from a movie. It still gives me chills every time that I watch it…


Your Very Best Effort

It’s up to you to put the blindfold on. If you get to a point where you feel you are giving your very best, you may just decide to stop even though you are capable of so much more.

So how do you give your VERY BEST EFFORT toward your fat loss goals?

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How To Get Started On a Fat Loss Program If You Are a Plus Size Woman or Man

Goal Achievement“How do I, as a plus size woman get started on a workout program” was a question that I was asked during a recent group call that I participated in for the Plus Size Bloggers community. Here’s my response, which includes how to get started with your mindset, exercise, and nutrition…

Step 1: Celebrate This New Journey That You Are About To Begin

It’s time to shift the focus away from the usual dread of a weight loss journey and begin to think of this as a wonderful experience and journey of living to your full potential and experience the life that you deserve.

Celebrate the fact that you have just taken the first positive step toward a healthier and more vibrant life by making the choice and decision to improve your health, body, mind, and spirit.

Step 2: Look In The Mirror and Tell Yourself “I ROCK! I Love Myself! I Am Capable of Greatness!”

This is such a fun and silly exercise, yet it’s so incredibly powerful. I’m not ashamed to say that I do this every day. The important thing is to put a lot of positive emotion into it. Get excited about it. Feel the joy in those statements. I personally jump up and down and get goosebumps every time that I do this and visualize myself achieving my goals.

Tell yourself, “I Can Do This!” I want to see your “I can do it” thermometer blast right through the top.

Step 3: Believe That The Above Statement Is Absolutely 100% True!

If thoughts of self doubt creep into your mind as you say “I am capable of greatness”, it’s time to get to the root of your limiting beliefs, conquer them, and replace them with positive beliefs that will serve you.

For a step by step process listen to this

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Strategic Diet and Exercise For Xtreme Fat Loss

How to get absJoel Marion is about to release a very intense 25 day fat loss program called the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet. It’s an absolutely unique program with very strategic methods of dieting combined with complimentary and strategic methods of working out.

You will diet in a different way each day of the week and yes, you even get to eat pizza (or whatever you choose) once every 5 days. Pizza and a chocolate bar is my usual cheat meal of choice that I have once per week.

The Xtreme Fat Loss Diet includes 8 fat burning workouts that have been created by John Romaniello and are based on the same principles of his Final Phase Fat Loss program.

Below, you will find some video demonstrations of a couple of the training methods that will be used in the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet in order to achieve maximum fat loss…

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Achieving Your Goals Begins With…

Fat Loss SuccessBefore you can achieve your goals, whether they are fat loss goals, financial goals, life goals, or any other goal you must first have an absolutely clear vision of what it is that you wish to achieve and you need to follow that up by making it concrete and writing it down on paper and/or on your blog, some form of online journal, forum or support community.

I use to only set one or two goals at a time to achieve. That was until I met Dax Moy, author of The Magic Hundred Goal Achievement Program.

Dax taught me to

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Plus Size Role Models

Tishia Lee No More Plus SizeFor the past few months my friend Tishia Lee has been inspiring the heck out of me with her intense desire to sculpt the body and life that she deserves. I’m so proud of her accomplishments, but even more proud of example that she is setting for plus-size women and men around the world.

Tishia has been documenting her journey toward improved health and vitality over at her blog www.NoMorePlusSize.com The topics that she has covered have been absolutely outstanding and she’s not afraid to share the good nor the bad experiences that she encounters along the way.

Yesterday Tishia and our mutual friend Mary Lutz recorded their adventure of conquering the “Hill of Death”. Well, it’s no longer called the “Hill of Death”… Mary in all her new wisdom and healthy positive mindset, brilliantly renamed it the “Hill of Health”.

Check out this really fun and uplifting experience by pressing play…

Powerful Plus Size Women Climbing The Hill of Health

As mentioned in the video, “Who says fitness can’t be fun?” Climbing the “Hill of Health” is no easy feat and can be a punishing experience if you allow it to be. But Tishia and Mary turned this into something really fun, which makes it much more likely that they’ll be doing it again… and probably really soon.

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How To Gain a Mental and Physical Edge Over Stubborn Belly Fat: Brilliant Conversation with John Romaniello

John Romaniello Final Phase Fat Loss
Women tend to go gaga over John Romaniello’s physique, while men envy and desire to sculpt such a masterpiece. John definitely knows what it takes to create a lean and desirable body.

As a fat loss expert, John has helped countless women and men gain incredible amounts of confidence through the process of blasting through plateaus and achieving goals that once seemed impossible, such as losing those last 10 pounds of stubborn belly fat.

As a fitness model John’s images have inspired men to push their efforts to the next level in order to carve out the body that they deserve.

But, it’s John’s story and experiences that have inspired me even more than his pictures. You see, John hasn’t always looked this ripped and muscular. He grew up as a stocky and chubby kid.

I recently got together with John to pick his brains on the topic of what it takes physically and mentally to gain that competitive edge over stubborn belly fat and today I have the great privilege of sharing our conversation with you.

The conversation that you are about to hear is right up there as one of the best that I’ve had among all the fat loss experts that I’ve interviewed. I can’t wait to hear your feedback once you’ve listened to the complete 54 minute mp3.

During this conversation you are going to discover:

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Counting Calories Doesn’t Work???

I recently received an email from a very upset woman who really laid it into me and and told me that “Counting calories doesn’t work!” First of all, everyone is entitled to their own opinions and views. I respect that. However I do have a problem with people taking a dogmatic approach to fat loss and discounting all other methods as irrelevant and ineffective.

I could feel the frustration from this valued reader and fitness enthusiast. I can empathize with her over the struggles of weight loss… and I can agree that counting calories is not for everyone (my wife Angie cannot stand counting calories) as I will get into very shortly. But to say that counting calories doesn’t work is absolute nonsense and a totally false statement.

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How Have You Dealt With Body Image During and After Pregnancy

Marna Thall weight loss expertI recently had a great discussion about dealing with body image during and after pregnancy with my good friend and weight loss coach Marna Thall of Thin Within.

If you are a mom or have a “bun in the oven” right now, we would really love to hear your thoughts and see you participate in this very important discussion.

Marna and Josh brought their little miracle Addison into the world recently and knowing that Marna is a mindset specialist I wanted to see how the experience of going through pregnancy impacted her mind and body image.

So I got her on the phone for a quickie 18 minute interview which you can listen to by clicking on the audio player below or downloading it to your mp3 player and listen to it while you enjoy being active.

In this interview we discussed…

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Great Abs and Butt Exercises Using The Valslide

One of my favorite pieces of home workout equipment that we use to add variety to our workouts is the Valslide. In the video below I demonstrate a fun way that I put a twist on the Inchworm exercise using the Valslide. This is a great exercise to flatten your stomach…


The Valslide Inchworm For a Tighter and Flatter Tummy

The Valslide is also great for shaping, lifting, and sculpting a sexy backend. In the following video, Valerie Waters, the creator of the Valslide, demonstrates a variety of great butt exercises that you can perform to transform your butt…

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