Nearly 90% of all new year’s resolutions have to deal with health. Regardless if someone wants to lose weight, get in better shape, stop drinking soda, or even quit smoking, it’s clear that most people at year’s end want to make the next year one in which they feel and look better.

Every year there is so much controversy about what one should eat or not eat to lose weight and shed fat, what types of workout routines an individual should engage in to see the best results and many other topics where an individual can find 20 articles singing the concept’s praise and another 20 articles talking about how the concept is utterly foolish.

What is an individual to do, if they truly want to step into their best body and regain health, self confidence and a sense of pride about their body?

I think the biggest mistake is that people find a plan that works for them and then they sell it and tell everyone they should do it and they will get the same results.

This is not true. We are all built differently and we are all impacted in very different ways by foods and exercises. So while eating a lot of protein may work wonders for the girl next store, perhaps it’s not what you need to lose those extra pounds and say adios to stubborn fat.

That said, there are three essentials for weight loss that no matter who you are, they work. Of course, everyone needs to tweak and refine each of these essentials to fit their specific needs.

So here they are, 3 essentials for weight loss.

Consumption of protein, fat and vegetables.
Yes you heard me right, FAT. You must eat fat to lose fat. There is a lot of confusion about fat and it has gotten a bad reputation. Not all fat is created equal so you must eat the right fats in the right amounts to successfully lose fat. Fats found in fish, nuts, avocado and many oils are healthy and can help you shed fat!

Protein is a building block of lean muscle. Lean muscles will help you increase your metabolism, become more insulin sensitive, burn fat and reshape your body composition. So eating healthy, organic and hormone free protein is key.

Vegetables are critical. They bring flavor, color and a ton of nutrients to your plate. Vegetables are “carbs” technically so they can help you keep your energy levels high but they don’t spike insulin needs and leave you feeling lethargic and drained later.

These three macronutrients, protein, fat and vegetables (healthy carbs) are critical if you want to truly lose weight and step into your best body.

Get enough sleep.
When you are sleep deprived you can’t shed fat or pounds. Study after study has shown that you need adequate sleep in order for your body to work effectively and efficiently. In addition, when you are drained and exhausted, your ability to fight temptation is compromised and you may reach for that little pick me up that happens to be loaded with sugar, carbs and unhealthy fats.

Both cardio and strength training. You must do both. So many people skip out on weights (especially women) for fear of bulking up. Unless you are over eating and taking testosterone you will not bulk up as a woman. You will build lean muscle and re-contour your body. As I said above, lean muscle fires your metabolic rate, burns fat and helps improve insulin sensitivity.

We all know cardio is great for the heart and burning calories, so it is an essential part of any weight and fat loss program. However, cardio can be overdone. It is not necessary to spend hours a day on the elliptical in order to get a rocking body.

Consider high intensity interval training. Slow and steady pace with random burst of high intensity sprints to get that heart rate pumping. This type of training can blast calories, make your heart pump quickly and give you awesome weight and fat loss results.

To help make those final tweaks to your body, a procedure like CoolSculpting can really help. Bodify would love to have you in for a complimentary consultation and see how CoolSculpting can help you achieve the body you’ve been wanting.

In our experience when CoolSculpting is paired with proper diet and exercise, an individual can get true body transformation.