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Weight Loss: Lose Fat Quickly And Keep It Off With Weekly Challenges

Updated on April 26, 2012

The Importance Of Challenges

One week I exercised regularly and lost over 2 pounds of fat while building musle. Another week I spent a lot of time sitting on the couch watching TV and put on some fat. The difference was that I did not have a plan because I did not challenge myself that week. If you challenge yourself you will have something to do. When you have something to do you can take action. If you do not challenge yourself you are probably going to spend a lot of time being idle.

Challenging yourself is one of the best ways to get ahead. It can lead to big changes and accomplishments. One of my biggest challenges was to bike to a provincial park that is 12.5 miles away and then bike another 8 miles around the park. Later I started biking to provincial parks that were farther away. It is a great way to get in shape. I even biked to a park that was 37 miles away last summer.

Challenges do not need to be intense. You could work at becoming a better swimmer, improve your golf swing, learn to roller blade, get better at Wii boxing, take better nature and wild life pictures, etc. The most important thing is that you do something that will bring you closer to getting what you want.


Burning Fat And Building Muscle

There are lots of different things you can do to lose fat and gain muscle. You can workout, go for bikes rides, walk, swim, play games etc. However most people do not exercise enough. Sitting around and watching TV does not require much of a plan. Exercising regularly does. It also requires a lot of time and energy.

To build muscle and reduce fat you should set physical challenges. For example if my weekly challenge is to run 50 miles I know I am going to be running every day to make up the 50 miles. When my challenge was to do one handed push-ups I knew I had to do push-ups several times a day to build up to it. Boxers are usually in great shape. So your challenge could be preparing your body for a boxing match even if you do not plan on fighting anyone.

Exercise is a good way to build muscle and reduce fat but you should be working towards something. There should be a direction and a finish line. When you get what you want you should feel a sense of accomplishment.

Keeping The Fat Off

Goals and challenges are a good way to get the body you want but what happens when you are done. Most likely you will just gain back the fat you lost and lose the muscle you gained. People lose weight and put it back on over and over again. It has happened to me. After losing weight I took a week off and I gained some of the weight back. It takes very little time to experience a set back.

If you want to keep the fat off you need to continue to work at it. One of the best ways to do that is to challenge yourself every week. Continue to challenge yourself and you will be the best you can be. Stop and the progress you made will disappear. Weight loss goals are okay but once you are at your ideal weight it is hard to keep going.

Sitting around on the couch watching TV may seem more appealing than working on your weekly challenge. However in reality doing next to nothing is usually boring and it is not good for your health. Your body does not function as well when you sit around for long periods of time. Challenges can keep things more interesting and provide you with a sense of accomplishment.


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