You can stick to a lean fitness plan if you’re focused on long term results and building sustainable habits.
Losing weight and keeping the weight off is a battle you want to fight once, win, and move on with the rest of your life living inside your lean, healthy, enduring body. You don’t want to lose weight only to put it right back on as soon as you slip from your gym routine or diet.
Every time you put the weight back on and have to lose it again it gets harder and harder (not only because you’re messing with your metabolism) but because it becomes a mentally insurmountable task—what’s the point of putting yourself through this if you’re just going to have to do it again in 2 months.
It’s all too common that somebody will get to their goal weight, stay there for a few days, and then quickly start gaining all of their weight back. Circumvent all of the traditional weight loss rhetoric and get lean once and for all.
What does it mean to pursue lean fitness?
You know you’re pursuing lean fitness when you pay attention to the way you feel inside your body. It’s not just about the outward results, but about the internal changes taking place
The way you feel inside of a strong, flexible, agile, lean body is enough to never make you want to go back to your old habits. Once you know what it’s like to feel strong and powerful in your workouts (because they’ll be short and intense,) never be hungry (because your appetite will be naturally suppressed through your high-intensity workouts,) and not depend on any unnatural supplements (like caffeine, energy drinks, or alcohol) because you will feel great without them, you will likely want to do everything in your power to continue feeling this way.
What is different about a lean fitness plan than regular fitness?
A lean fitness plan differs than regular fitness because you’re targeting the aerobic system and also building strength. You are pursuing shorter workouts — full body workouts — but more intense workouts.
Luckily, if you’ve built the lean body with cardiovascular fitness and developing lean, functional muscles, you will only need to maintain that state with short (some no more than 15 minutes,) high- quality workouts where you can burn maximum fat, skyrocket your metabolism, and incorporate a high level of fitness into a normal/busy life schedule. No spending hours at the gym every day, no protein powders, and no confusing diet rules. Just training your body at your peak fitness level and being in tune with what it needs for nourishment and rest afterwards. Lean body fitness will enable you to sustainably achieve an incredible physique with minimal time invested, while reaping the benefits of incredible fitness, health, and looking and feeling your best.
Why will I lose weight on a lean fitness plan?
You will lose weight on a lean fitness plan because the workouts will alter your internal body chemistry. It has been proven that lean fitness is the only fitness that alter the metabolism at a biological level.
If you’ve gotten to your weight by using the lean body approach, you should be feeling better than ever – stronger, more energized, confident, and in control of your eating and sleeping. If you’ve used an extreme diet to get to your new weight, like a 10 day juice cleanse or cutting out all carbohydrates, accept that you will gain the weight back and try a more sustainable approach the next time around (go back to Step 1 and build the Lean Body.)
To stabilize at this new set point, you must continue to exercise every day, eat healthy meals throughout the day, and get enough rest every night. These habits all work together holistically. You can’t focus on one without managing the others because they all work in tandem. Continually repeating the habits will make them automatic and this truly will become your new way of life.
Jon Pearlman is a former standout tennis player at Harvard, ATP-ranked touring pro, and author of The Lean Body Manual. He founded Mission Lean to share his unique formula for lean body fitness and nutrition, an approach that took over a decade to develop and perfect. He is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist.