Jason Smith has helped hundreds of people reach their weight-loss goals: Steve lost 42 pounds in 90 days, Catherine lost 41 pounds in 12 weeks, John lost 36 pounds in 2 months… and the list goes on and on. A personal trainer and the founder of Jason Smith Fitness and FIIT (Fast Intense Interval Training), Jason’s 12 -week body transformation program has a proven track record – here he shares his weight-loss secrets with us.
The “Secret” to Weight-Loss
We all want the quick and easy way when it comes to most things in life… and weight loss seems to be one of these things. When I talk with individuals wanting to lose weight they almost always ask if there’s a supplement that’ll help. What they really mean is: Is there anything that will help me lose weight without having to do too much work? The truth is, it is work – and for most it’s a complete lifestyle change. You need to make better food choices and incorporate some type of exercise/activity program into your schedule for the rest of your soon-to-be healthier life. Here are the top 6 habits that’ll help you get there:
1. FAITH! In all of my years of fitness training and nutritional counseling, there has been one common denominator among my successful weight-loss clients: FAITH! You MUST believe in yourself and your ability to succeed!
2. Find out your daily caloric needs. Simply input your specifics into a calorie counter for the magic number.
3. Eat 5-6 small meals per day. For example, eat breakfast, lunch & dinner with a shake in between. Eating smaller more frequent meals will help speed up your metabolism.
4. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. I recommend at least ½ ounce for every pound of body weight. The process of burning calories requires an adequate supply of water in order to function efficiently; dehydration slows down the fat-burning process.
5. Be active/exercise. Preferably an exercise routine that involves some form of resistance training. Resistance training increases muscle mass and burns calories long after you’ve completed your workout. The common consensus is that a single pound of muscle can burn 30-50 calories per day—so the more muscle you build, the more calories your body will burn!
6. Prepare your own food. It’s important to know what you’re eating and how it’s been prepared. Limit outings at restaurants because, trust me, even though an item is listed as “healthy” it can be saturated in oils/marinades that will drastically increase its calorie content.