Why New Year's Weight Loss Resolutions Fail and the 4 Keys To Succeed for Sure This Time Round

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Maverick fitness coach, Marty Gallagher, author of bestselling The Purposeful Primitive, http://www.dragondoor.com/b37.html, and former washingtonpost.com columnist, reveals why most of us invariably fail at our New Year's weight loss resolutions and discusses the 4 crucial elements required to succeed once and for all with weight loss goals.

Now that I've turned 50, I want to retard or slow the aging process.

"Remote coaching" -- and a new approach towards New Year Fitness Resolutions

According to Marty Gallagher, one of America's premier fitness coaches, it doesn't have to be inevitable that New Years weight loss resolutions usually end in failure. More remarkable, Gallagher achieves his spectacular weight loss success stories "remotely", without even meeting his clients face-to-face.

Stupidity (or insanity) is proverbially defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Nowhere is this hackneyed adage more accurate than in the crazed world of New Year's fitness resolutions.

It is only natural that so many individuals feel compelled to make a resolute resolution to improve upon their current fitness state-of-being. To paraphrase Dean Wormer in the movie Animal House, "Fat, stupid and out-of-shape is no way to go through life son." It is only natural that pollsters, and those who keep track of such things, repeatedly determine that fitness-related New Year resolutions continually rank at the top of any and all resolutions.

With so many people determined to improve their health and fitness, with so many individuals concerned about the shape and current configuration of their physiques -- why do 99% of all resolvers fail so miserably and so predictably? And is there a way to break this Sisyphusian cycle?

Perhaps this year it is time to step outside the box of conventional fitness thinking and utilize a completely different solution for the same nagging problem.

What is it all fitness resolution makers seek? At the root-core they all seek a renovated body. What constitutes successful physical renovation? The answer is simple: we seek to obtain a significant decrease in body fat and a significant increase in muscle mass. Though resolution seekers might have wildly varied and divergent goals, all of them can be achieved by: obtaining muscle and reducing body fat.

Resolution: "I want to lose twenty pounds and look great at the class reunion in May."
Solution: Oxidize stored body fat, build muscle.
Resolution: "Now that I've turned 50, I want to retard or slow the aging process."
Solution: Oxidize stored body fat, build muscle.
Resolution: "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and I want to curtail this trend."
Solution: Oxidize stored body fat, build muscle.
Resolution: "My wife is losing interest in me as a lover."
Solution: Oxidize stored body fat, build muscle.
Resolution: "I can't fit into any of my clothes anymore."
Solution: Oxidize stored body fat, build muscle.
Resolution: "I have no energy and I am continually stressed out."
Solution: Oxidize stored body fat, build muscle.
Resolution: "I want to make the varsity athletic team."
Solution: Oxidize stored body fat, build muscle.

In other words…all fitness resolutions (despite differing goals) can achieve fruition by successfully and favorably altering body composition. But what really works to successfully oxidize fat and build muscle?

There are millions of motivated, sincere individuals, people ready, willing and able to generate the requisite effort, devote the necessary time and energy needed to actually create a fully realized physical metamorphosis -- what they lack is an effective game plan and a competent advisor to provide "in-flight" monitoring.

As we age, the battle to lose fat and add muscle develops a sense of urgency. With the passing of each year the need to "do something" about physical disintegration morphs from ego and vanity into something more profound: the need to avert, forestall or correct a cataclysmic health catastrophe.

This sense of fitness urgency usually correlates to the warnings of a physician: perhaps a heart attack is a distinct possibility; perhaps the doctor alerts us that a stroke or some obesity-related disease lies just around the next chronologic corner. As the years pass by, the need to improve the configuration and condition of the body shifts from ego, self-esteem and attracting the opposite sex into the gravitas of life and death. No one is more cognizant about the advantages of health and fitness than someone caught in the clutches of some health disaster.

As we age, fitness becomes a method by which we extend the quality and quantity of life. We use fitness to hold back the hands of time. As the great Irish Philosopher Mae West once said when quizzed how old she was, "Honey -- It ain't the age -- it's the mileage!"

For many sick and enfeebled folks, it is too late for fitness. For the motivated and intelligent it is never too late. Rolling into the year 2009, perhaps it is time to grasp the fact that purchasing a new piece of exercise equipment, going on the latest fad diet, joining or reactivating a gym membership, purchasing the latest miracle nutritional supplement, hiring an expensive personal trainer -- are all more variations of 'doing the same thing over and over.' Is it psychologically possible to break this old fitness tape loop and step completely outside the "Box" of conventional fitness groupthink?

Our fitness efforts fail because they are fragmented. Boot camps, Pilates, Power Yoga, Step Aerobic Class, Spin Class, weight training, jogging, dieting using the latest tactic -- whatever the fitness method or mode, taken singularly they are all doomed to failure. Every singular fitness undertaking cannot and will not, in and of itself, deliver the renovated body we seek. Each caters to one small sliver of the overall fitness equation. Unless unilateral homage is paid in a balanced fashion to four separate and distinct disciplines failure is a foregone conclusion. Every effective fitness game plan needs…

1.    a resistance training element
2.    a cardiovascular training element
3.    a nutritional game plan
4.    psychological recalibration

Better to do a little resistance training, a little cardio, a little nutrition and a little Brain-Train than to immerse oneself in one, two or even three of the four fitness disciplines.

Imagine a man who spends considerable time and a mountain of money constructing a race car. He spends gobs of cash constructing a 600 horsepower racing engine; the suspension is state-of-the-art, the vehicle has been sent to the wind tunnel and streamlined…everything is perfect with one glaring exception: the car has only one tire. Without four tires (weight training/cardio/nutrition/brain-train) the most elaborate and exotic racecar is a nonstarter. Without the inclusion and disciplined execution of the four interlinked and integrated fitness elements, without balance and precision, we are caught in the fitness tape-loop of doing the same thing over and over -- yet expecting different results.

Stepping outside the box of conventional fitness groupthink, Gallagher has been "phone-coaching" elite athletes for twenty five years.He developed a formalized system for long distance coaching that yielded phenomenal results. Working with elite athletes preparing for national and international competitions however was nerve-wracking: with so much riding on the outcome, a series of missteps can derail six months of work. In the end, it all became too much and Gallagher retired from coaching. A decade later and he found myself drawn back into the coaching world. This was directly attributable to two significant developments that advanced the art of "remote coaching."

The advent of the internet eliminated the need to communicate all information verbally. Instead of endless phone calls, calls that nailed Gallagher down to a particular place and time, individuals could e-mail training and nutrition results and he could e-mail them back with comments and the next step - with the same phenomenal results.

The second major change was Gallagher's decision to no longer work with competitive athletes, rather to work with 'regular' individuals. He found that working with motivated, normal people intent and committed to "the process" was both refreshing and reinvigorating. It was far easier and much less stressful to elicit results from untrained individuals than from a champion already at 90% of their awesome genetic potential. Plus normal folks weren't cursed with preconceptions and didn't debate him over every strategic move.

Using his Purposefully Primitive methods on relatively untrained individuals proved to be unbelievably beneficial and effective. Across the demographic board, clients of every age and every degree of fitness or un-fitness made staggering progress at a rapid rate. Gallagher's formalized procedure is simple and effective: he sets up a customized resistance and cardio training regimen. He sets up a custom nutritional game plan - all of which is based upon the individual's situation and available time. Equally as important as devising a customized training and nutritional template, he monitors progress three times a week via e-mail and once a week he talks on the phone with the individual, discussing what has happened and what they are projecting to happen in the coming week. They know what is expected of them and they know he will be 'looking over their shoulder.'

Gallagher analyzes each individual training session and based upon performance provides a prescription for the next session. Nutrition is leveraged to achieve weekly fat loss goals. At the beginning of the process he set ups an overarching game plan and sets the plan into a timeframe: the big goal is subdivided into small weekly increments. He establishes weekly mini-goals and if each weekly mini-goal is attained, the client eventually ends up at the predetermined overall goal. The overall goal is profound: physical transformation. On four separate occasions each and every week, week in, week out, Gallagher offers input in the form of e-mails and a phone call. He continually issues 'report cards.'

Those interested in stepping outside the orthodox box of conventional fitness methods and testing Marty Gallagher's weight loss system for themselves can read Marty Gallagher's weekly fitness column at: http://marty.dragondoor.com/ or obtain his bestselling fitness classic, The Purposeful Primitive at http://www.dragondoor.com/b37.html.

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