I was asked by a friends husband how I changed my body so drastically over the last several years. Here is my reply:
The secret sauce is really suffering through the pain of changing habits. When you make the decision to dial it in and make a change you have to dial it all in. Being consistent with your training cycles, dialing in your food and removing empty calories from the equation. (Sugar, booze, etc.)
In my 20’s it was easy to stay lean, drink, eat whatever, and workout. In my 30’s, even playing more soccer and fighting, I became more sedentary in my day job and was weighed down by eating poorly. It wasn’t even that the food was bad. (Well some of it was) but it was way too much especially in combination with my alcohol intake going up significantly.
Looking back, I must have quadrupled my sugar intake from the time I was 25-35. (Cocktails, beer, processed foods, ice cream, etc.)
At 35 I started reducing all of it. When I wanted to really drop (unless I was super active, as in 8 hours of hardcore fight training a day) when I wanted to get lean it meant (and still means) low daily sugar intake. No booze. Lots of vegetables, lean but not fat free meats. Nothing processed or sold in a box. No fast food.
When I need to drop, I can dial it in for 2 weeks and drop 10 lbs with this system. When I need a major change, I go 30, 60 or 90 days. It is a commitment to doing it.
I also don’t let myself make excuses. The accountability to myself is key. Pushing aside the distractions and accomplishing the goal.
There is no silver bullet. There is only the decision and will to make the change.
Not going to lie, a good support structure does help. Especially in the beginning. Knowing answers can be had and even people to challenge is great for motivation.
This is a really long way to say, it isn’t easy. 😊 it is 100% doable. You just have to want to do it.