Q: I want to compete in bikini, but I am having trouble tightening up my body. I tried many gimmicks with diets, ads, pills and even saunas. What’s the best way for me to get in shape and be healthy for 2014?
A: There’s a host of good diet advice to be had, in my opinion, but, ultimately, any good advice is worthless if it is not adhered to. Consistency is perhaps what matters most, and making the necessary changes to ensure that you are consistent with your new behaviors is the most important change you can make.
One component of that is surrounding yourself with a support network of people who will reinforce positive behavior change. Often enough that looks like making new friends who already have or are trying to acquire the same behaviors you seek. To a degree we are a composite of the people we spend the most time with and surround ourselves with. Find a friendly network or partner or friend who wants or already has the lean body you seek. Believe it or not, one of the best options can be some kind of group training; for example, at a CrossFit gym. If you’re taking advice from your friends who are not already lean, shapely or performing incredible athletic feats, ignore them. Their opinion is, ipso facto, invalid.
Once you get your mind straight and find good company to share your process, keep these additional facts in mind: A pound of fat equals 3,500 calories. If you can reduce your calorie intake by 500 a day by a combination of intense exercise and food reduction, you can lose one pound of fat in a week. That can equal two to three total pounds if you consider the water you’ll also lose.
In addition, certain supplements can assist. Have you tried MHP Dopamite? This dopaminergic supplement not only increases metabolism to help you burn more calories but also helps to reduce food cravings by equalizing chemicals in your brain. The result: It makes dieting easier, which leads to consistency in losing weight. Good luck!
Editor’s note: Ben White won his first IFBB professional bodybuilding contest, the Tampa Pro, in 2010. He is also a champion powerlifter and frequently competes in the World’s Strongest Bodybuilder contest at the Olympia. His best competition bench press is 711 pounds. He is an MPH athlete, www.MHPStong.com. IM