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7-Day Motivational Weight Loss Guide

By Craig Ballantyne Contributor
Updated: June 23, 2008
Fat loss is hard. And once in a while, everyone loses their motivation for diet and exercise. So that's why I'm bringing you 7 tips to help you lose more fat in less time over this upcoming week.

(If you are a complete beginner, please refer to the 21-day quickstart guide in the Turbulence Training manual for more details on how to develop key healthy habits during the essential start-up phase of your fat loss program.)

If you're a M-F, 9-5 employee, you know that Saturday or Sunday has to be your day to hit the grocery store and get fresh meat and produce to prepare your meals for the next week.

I'm a big fan of picking up some fresh salmon fillets and asparagus for Sunday dinner. Chicken breasts can be cooked in bunches for freezing and then used over the week as easy lunchtime protein sources. Fruits and vegetables are washed and prepared for cooking or snacking, and almonds, pecans, walnuts, and organic beef jerky are packed into travel bags for when I'm on the go.

Prepare and succeed. It's that easy.
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So print this out, put it on your fridge, and let it guide you to your fat loss goals, while keeping your workouts fun and motivating.

Now here we go with our day-by-day guide...


On Monday, your motivation will be high to have a great Turbulence Training Workout.

Plan to set a personal record in your workout today. If you are a beginner, that might mean using a higher level on the cardio machine for 1-2 minutes, or doing 2-3 extra pushups per set. For the advanced fat loss program, it might mean using 2.5 more pounds per dumbbell in your split squats, or extending your intervals by 5 seconds per sprint.

By continuously aiming to achieve a personal best in your workouts, you will ensure that you are pushing your body to adapt - to change for the better.

Now you don't have to set a record on every set for every exercise. Just pick one record that you want to break each workout. Aim for constant improvement.


This will be an off-day from your Turbulence Training schedule, but you should still get 30 minutes of activity. Make it as fun as possible. Take the dog for a walk, play your favorite sport, or chase your kids.

Even walking for 30 minutes is great. It will help you recover from Monday's workout and simply improves your overall health. If you're looking for an advanced fat loss option, use a bodyweight circuit to boost your metabolism.

Also, I want you to make a big nutrition change on this day and eliminate all sources of trans-fatty acids from your diet.

Read your food labels, and don't eat anything that contains hydrogenated oils. Also, be sure to look at the breakdown of fats - if the total fat content is greater than the sum of the saturated and unsaturated fat contents, then the product contains trans-fats.

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