There’s an “X-Factor” in the fat loss equation that’s often overlooked, yet is so important that it will literally guarantee your success or failure.
It’s a factor I’ve aptly named: The 23-Hour Fat Loss X-Factor.
In my years of consulting clients, one thing is resoundingly evident: The success or failure of each and every client I’ve worked with has been indelibly determined, not by the hour they spent exercising, but by how they spent the remaining 23 hours in their day.
I don’t care how much you kill it in the gym all week. All your effort won’t enable you to shed even a fraction of a pound of fat if the other 23 hours in your day are spent negating the caloric deficit your time spent at the gym would have otherwise induced.
It should be obvious by now that this 23-Hour Fat Loss X-Factor is mostly centered around the nutritional component of the fat loss equation. Although, getting adequate rest and minimizing stress in your life certainly play a role by keeping your cortisol (that nasty fat-storing hormone) levels in check.
You’ve probably heard the old axiom that says “you can’t out-train a poor diet”. This is one of those principles you can take to the bank, as it always holds true, specifically as it pertains to fat loss.
I can unequivocally tell you that how you spend the 23 hours of your day away from the gym will have a much greater impact on your results than the hour you spend within its 4 walls.
Just to be clear, I’m in no way downplaying the importance of exercise here. Optimal fat loss requires it and anyone who would tell you otherwise is a fool.
What I want you to understand is that the way you feed and rest your body while away from the gym is what will ultimately determine the magnitude and type of change that will take place on your physique.
You can train as long and as hard as you want. But, at the end of the day, if you’re taking in more calories than you’re expending, you aren’t going to lose fat. You may build muscle, if your weight training is structured in such a way to allow for it, but you can kiss your fat loss aspirations goodbye.
Conversely, you could theoretically eliminate all exercise from your daily routine and still lose fat, assuming you’re able to induce a daily caloric deficit through diet alone. Now, obviously, this isn’t the ideal fat-shedding scenario (nor will it induce the most aesthetic change to your physique because muscle loss will almost certainly result from such a strategy).
However, all that is truly required for fat loss to occur is a caloric deficit, which rests solely on the back of how you feed your body during the 23 hours or so you spend away from the gym in a given day.
So be smart about what you do with your time away from the gym, because how you spend that time will literally determine whether or not all the hard work you put in will result in a positive change on your body or not.
In other words, it will virtually guarantee your fat loss success or failure.
So many people use their exercise sessions to justify eating a cookie, cheeseburger or pint of ice cream. If you busted your butt at the gym with the shallow, instantly gratifying purpose of being able to indulge in a cheat meal without gaining fat, I suppose it’s your prerogative to do so.
As with most other things in life, though, the dividends a little delayed gratification will provide are absolutely priceless.
After all, I bust my butt training my body to get results and I suspect that’s why you do it, too.
If I could end with one piece of encouragement for you to take with you, it would be this: Always remember, nothing tastes as good as being lean, fit and strong feels!
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