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How to Get Rid of Skinny-Fat Forever

How to Get Rid of Skinny-Fat Forever

String bean arms, narrow shoulders and wrists like cheerios.

That just sounds like a skinny guy to me. Wait. Now add into the mix a swollen stomach, a lack of confidence, and self doubt that could be seen through the foggiest of winter mornings.

Now you have “The Skinny-Fat“. Being skinny-fat is not an achievement; in fact, it can be a tough life, never knowing where you stand—are you skinny, or are you fat?

No, you’re not crazy. This plagues the skinny-fat time and time again. Most of them want to be lean, and they want to be mean; to have abs and arms to match one another. They can have it—they just need a guide that demonstrates tips that are simple and easy to follow.

Most people venturing into the world of lifestyle and fitness end up over-thinking everything. 
They read every article, every plan, and they create information overload for themselves and the people surrounding them. 

I hate to admit it, but not everyone wants to know your thoughts, experiences and the benefits of IF (Intermitted Fasting).

The truth is, when you experience information overload, you also convince yourself there is not enough time in the day. Most people feel as though they don’t have the time to follow a workout or nutrition plan, never mind following both while living the good life. This doesn’t sound like fun to me, and luckily reality doesn’t need to be like that.

Well here I have it, something to help you: A Skinny-Fat’s Minimalist Guide to living the good life both in, and outside of the gym.

I gave up on giving people a list of 20 habits a while ago. Personally, I spend less time in the gym, less time stressing, and more time living a life bigger than “The Expendables”.

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Since there is so much to learn, even the basic elements are usually lost, so I’m going to set the story straight and help you live a fat-free approach to transforming your body. We’ll go from looking at exactly what you want to achieve, to helping it become a reality.

1. Achieving Big Starts at “Why, And What”.

Before we start you need to ask yourself; “Why do I want to do this?” Is it to prove something to someone else? Is it to test yourself? 

Is it because you want more confidence? Is it to get the number of that model you have your eye on?

Everyone has different reasons for change, and everyone has different drives, behaviours and particular goals. What are your goals?

Decide upon one particular, set goal. Make sure to include measurements and dates, then go out and succeed.

2. Prepare

Preparation is key in everything. Let me say that again, it’s key in everything. 

The most successful minds in the world worked and prepared for their success. Things didn’t come to them, they planned and crafted their days, and you need to do the same.

Plan and prepare the steps you are going to take.

Most people fail their transformation due to this one simple thing: They say they don’t have time to follow a diet plan, and they don‘t prepare quality food to take with them, so after all the time spent pursuing their goal they fall back into their old ways; their old broken habits.

Batch cook your food on either Sunday or Monday, and again on Thursday.

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You have the time for everything!

Cooking has became a lost art, but it can re-frame your life, and engages all your senses. If you learn to enjoy, it you’ll have a better body and greater enjoyment in life. You have the time to eat, cook, and enjoy the whole process; you just need to prepare for it.

3. The Simple Approach to Carb-Cycling

Eating low-carb all the time sucks. You can become grumpy, stressed and hard to be around when sticking to a low-carb diet, but by stocking up on nutrient-dense foods on your low-carb day (to keep you full), you’ll be a happier person with more energy than the Flash.

You’ll notice more of a pump in the gym, and by having less glycogen (read: fullness) you’ll be more pleased aesthetically when the carbs hit your body. Your veins will be more noticeable and your muscles will be more pumped.

Some other benefits are through the manipulation of leptin, which means that your chances of dropping fat are greatly increased.

So. How do we carb cycle? Well here is a simple rule:

A. Take in carbs when you work out.
B. Remove them when you don’t.

4. Become a Compound King

Focus on compound moves such as deadlifts, incline bench presses, military presses, etc. These allow you to move the maximum amount of weight and use the maximum amount of muscle recruitment which will lead to more muscle being built and more fat being burnt.

Most people who start out focus on barbell curls and the bench press. Don’t do that! Focus on the other moves and pay attention to all of them, All the compounds are beautiful—treat them as such.

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5. Relax

The time you spend outside of the gym ultimately delivers a lot of the results.

Skinny-fat people stress. They stress a lot.

From the skinny-fat clients I’ve worked with, I’ve found that they worry about everything: Bills, relationships, time, and of course, their bodies. Simplify your life and you’ll be surprised at how your stress can fade away.

Follow some simple tips (The ones in this article) and trust them.

It’s the only way you’ll get ahead, stress-free.

6. Dine Out

When I say dine out in no way do I mean eat junk food. Socialise. Enjoy your new success and realise that you can live your life and still change your body and mind in the process. Don’t push yourself into a corner. This goes back to my previous point. Remember to relax.

I highly recommend going for a meal on a high-carb day with the people who will be supporting you through this change. Show them some appreciation—they’re helping you.

WARNING: Do not use this as an excuse to drink alcohol. You can’t afford to do that at this stage, sorry.

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o to Recap:

1. Set yourself an actionable goal – To lose fat or to build muscle. I recommend the former first.

2. Prepare the steps you are going to take, prepare your meals, your ideas and write down your workouts. Preparation is key!

3. Learn to cycle your carbohydrates around your goals and training, which will stop you from gaining fat when trying to build muscle.

4. Focus on compounds –  compounds burn more calories, boost testosterone, and growth hormones.

5. Stressing can cause a lot of problems, both to your aesthetics and health. Learn to de-stress.

6. Celebrate your achievements and dine out with people who are pushing you forward in your journey. They are there for you every step of the way.

I hope this has shown you some steps you can take to transform your body and life, both in and outside of the gym. You don’t have to be skinny-fat for your whole life; you just need to plan, and to take those first few steps.

Minimize the amount of information you take in, follow some simple rules and learn to trust in a path, the results will sure follow. You can do it! After you do, give me a call and we can high-five. Possibly. I know they are outdated, but until there’s a better substitute, we’ll have to continue to use them.

Have you found yourself complicating things in the gym and life? Do you forget to simplify things? Let me know in the comments.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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