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Reducing body fat is a very difficult task.
In fact this will never happen unless you have a strategic plan and implement this plan.
There are many people who stay fit and healthy through exercise and healthy eating.This is brilliant as being healthy is probably the most important thing.They aren’t however; losing body fat. They might carry a bit of excess fat even though they are really healthy and they might even be gaining a bit more fat over the years and still be healthy.
In order to lose body fat a strategic plan is needed.
I am going to use the Rumble in the jungle as an analogy. This was back in 1974 when Mohammed Ali took on George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.
Ali at the time was a massive underdog. Foreman was at the time knocking out most of his opponents including Frazier who once beat Ali. Foreman was a really dangerous opponent and he possessed massive power.
Ali had his strategic plan in place however, he had looked into his strengths and had figured out how he was going to conquer Foreman.
Ali believed he was mentally stronger than Foreman. He was also more experienced and was probably fitter than Foreman.
At the beginning of the fight Ali humiliated Foreman by hitting him with some lead backhands. In boxing conventionally you are meant to set your opponent up with your front hand then try to hit him with the back hand. Ali did the complete opposite. All this was part of his plan, Ali knew that if he could wind Foreman up this would drain him of energy.
Next thing, Ali went to the ropes, the famous ropa dope and stayed there for the next 8 rounds. Foreman kept pounding Ali with punches som e which very blocked or partially blocked by Ali and all along Ali kept taunting Foreman by speaking to him.
Most people thought it was only a matter of time before Ali would be knocked out as Foreman was a devastating puncher.
Well, then out of nowhere Ali came off the ropes and finished Foreman with an explosive combination of punches.
So without a strategic plan fat loss is not going to happen. You will need to come up with some actions and stick to them. It doesn’t have to be rocket science and there are no rights or wrongs.
The most important thing is that it is something that suits you in the long run so that you can stick with the plan.
By: Abdi-Karim Berleen/Personal trainer in Loughton.