Assume 100 responsibility for your results

There's no denying that heredity plays a major role in how difficult it will be for you to lose fat. However, excess body fat is the result of many influences. Genetics is only one of them. Heredity may be a factor that governs your rate of progress and ultimate level of development; however, most of the factors that affect body composition are entirely under your control. Like it or not, the primary cause of excess body fat is your own behavior and attitudes. NO matter what your body type or genetic potential, you can always lose fat by taking consistent action in all the areas you control.

The factors you control How much you eat What you eat When you eat

What type of exercise you do

How frequently you exercise

How long you exercise

How hard you exercise

Your overall lifestyle

Your mental attitude about your situation

This might offend some people, but the truth is, if you have too much body fat, it's your fault; you're responsible. Refuse to accept this, and you'll never reach your full potential. If you have excess body fat, and you want to lose it permanently, the first step is to accept 100% total responsibility for your circumstances.

In a powerful little book called "As a Man Thinketh," the author James Allen wrote, "circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him." What he meant was that we are not products of our environment or our heredity (our "circumstances"), instead, we are products of our own thinking and belief systems.

We create our circumstances through positive thinking and positive action, and we create negative circumstances through negative thinking, lack of action and wrong actions. In other words, you are responsible for who you are, where you are, and what you have - and that includes the way your body looks.

Some people get very upset when I tell them this: They say, "Hold on a minute; are you trying to tell me that when bad things happen to me, it's my own fault? That I brought unemployment, financial hardships, failed relationships, weight gain or even health problems onto myself? Because if that's what you're saying, that's totally unfair!"

With very few exceptions, yes, that's exactly what I am saying. When you're not getting the results you want, the easiest thing to do is to cast the blame somewhere else and make excuses: "It's my genetics," "I have big bones," "I have a slow metabolism", "I don't have enough time to exercise," etc. But if you don't accept that you're in control, how can you ever expect to succeed? You might as well grab a bucket of fried chicken wings and plop down in front of the TV.

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