13 Tips for Tapping into Tactical Beast Mode

A soldier competes in a push-up contest.
A soldier participating in Operation Sustainment Warrior (OSW) competes in a push-up contest during the Sustainer Olympics, the final event in OSW at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Aug. 15, 2013. Operation Sustainment Warrior was a training event hosted by the 77th Sustainment Brigade. (Staff Sgt. Terri Q. Reece/U.S. Army photo)

You know that diet and exercise are important when it comes to creating your best body, but you may be overlooking other techniques for getting into the best shape possible. I call it Tactical Beast Mode.

Turn the following 13 simple tips into habits and watch as your body transforms. 

1. Eat a Smart Breakfast

Most people load up on carbohydrates and simple sugars for breakfast. Cereal, pastries, smoothies and juice are all poor choices when it comes to starting your day off right. Center your breakfast around protein and healthy fat, and you'll have energy for hours. Try a protein shake, eggs, lean breakfast meat or a handful of nuts. 

2. Get More Sleep

If you're not getting at least eight hours of sleep each night, then you need more. This is especially true if you've reached a plateau with weight loss. Give your body eight hours of sleep each night and make weight loss easier. 

3. Just Do It

If you're really ready to achieve your best body ever, then dig down deep and commit. As Woody Allen famously said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." This is absolutely true when it comes to fitness. Show up to your workout. Even if you're tired, even if you'd rather be doing something else, just do it. 

4. Plan Ahead

Take one day each week to plan your healthy meals for the following week. You don't have to do all the shopping and cooking on that day; simply jot down what you plan to eat. This small act of planning ahead will keep you on track with healthy meals, even when the week gets crazy busy. 

5. Cut out Gluten

Many people don't realize that they have a certain level of sensitivity to gluten, which can cause intestinal inflammation and bloating. Also, gluten-filled foods are typically high in carbohydrates, which contribute to weight gain. When you cut gluten-filled items from your diet, don't fall into the trap of simply replacing those items with other high-carb items. Choose non-packaged, whole foods instead. 

6. Believe in Yourself

Do you believe that you have what it takes to be a beast? If you want to succeed in losing weight, then you have to believe that it's possible. Give yourself a pep talk and dig down deep for the courage and discipline to apply these healthy changes to your life. 

7. Eat Less Dairy

Dairy products like cheese or cream add extra fat and calories to your meals. Pass on the dairy, and you'll eliminate unnecessary calories, making weight loss quicker. 

8. Sleep and Wake at the Same Time

This tip sounds so simple, and yet it's a powerful way to increase your daily energy. Get your body on a schedule and watch how much more productive and energetic you become. 

9. Include Veggies at Every Meal

Most people aren't too crazy about vegetables and probably eat fewer than they should. Make it a point to include a vegetable with each of your meals, even breakfast. The increase in fiber and other nutrients will give your body the extra boost you're looking for. 

10. Ditch Packaged Food

Throw out those packaged foods. This is one of the easiest things you can do to achieve quicker weight-loss results. Packaged foods contain chemicals and additives that will kill your beast mode.

11. Drink More Water

Being hydrated is key when it comes to reaching beast mode. Drink water throughout your day and limit caffeinated beverages to once daily. 

12. Forget Artificial Sweeteners

Sure, these sweeteners don't contain calories, but they are known to increase your appetite and craving for carbohydrates. In the quest for beast mode, put down the diet soda and reach instead for some water. 

13. Train with a Pro

Are you exercising as efficiently as possible? Do you challenge your muscles enough during each workout? Are you keeping the routine new and fresh? These are all factors that will be taken care of for you when you work with a trained fitness professional. Working with a beast ensures that you become a beast. 

So there you have it, 13 tips that will lead you to the land of Beast Mode. 

If you haven't joined one of my programs yet, now is a great time to start. Together we will get you focused on your goals with my results-driven method.

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