There are 4 pillars that should be included in any weight loss or fat loss program. These 4 pillars work in a synergistic way to bring results much quicker than any using any of them individually or in combination. The 4 pillars of weight loss and fat loss are mindset, nutrition, cardio training and resistance training.
It is imperative for anyone who is attempting to lose weight or fat that they posses the right mindset. Understanding that this is a process that takes work and that there are no shortcuts or quick fixes is essential. Most people who fail never get into the proper mindset and accept the reality that it will take effort and commitment.
Tying in with mindset is goal setting. Goal setting is very important as by having clearly defined goals and knowing what you are trying to achieve, you give yourself direction and a destination. Goals allow you to crystallize in your mind exactly what it is you want to accomplish and allow you to keep the course.
The second pillar is nutrition or more specifically proper nutrition. Anyone trying to lose weight/fat and who is not willing to commit to better nutrition is fighting an up hill battle and sabotaging their efforts. Poor nutrition will wreck havoc with your metabolism, make achieving a caloric deficit difficult, and inhibit your progress towards achieving your goals. Proper nutrition is a must.
The third pillar is cardio training/exercise or aerobic exercise. Doing cardio is essential as it allows you to burn lots of calories and get your heart rate up. The more intensity you put into your cardio workouts the more benefit you will get from them. Remember that in trying to lose weight, from a physiological standpoint it is necessary to create a caloric deficit (on a regular basis). Regular and consistent anaerobic exercise (jogging, running, elliptical, biking, recumbent bike, stair stepper, arc trainer, etc) will go a long way in helping you obtain that caloric deficit.
The last pillar is strength/resistance training. This pillar is often neglected but plays an important role. Resistance training will cause you to have more lean body mass. Muscle takes more energy to maintain than fat and thus requires your body to expend more calories. By having more lean body mass, your metabolism speeds up and allows you to burn more calories. This is very important if you are trying to lose weight and fat.
The 4 pillars of weight/fat loss are mindset, proper nutrition, cardio training, and resistance training. Combining all 4 pillars will allow you to experience the synergistic effect that comes as a result of combining all four and empower you to reach your goals quicker.