Gaining muscle is hard. Losing fat is difficult.
Getting to your ideal weight is truly a challenge.
But all are worthwhile pursuits and will bring a return on your investment unlike anything else you could undertake.
However I have continued to see a common attitude toward all these goals among clients, friends, and family. It’s an attitude of denial that I believe stems from the desire to avoid discomfort and inconvenience, both of which I believe have been taken to such an extreme in the USA that are becoming a detriment to us.
I can’t blame them for it. I think it is pure human nature. In fact this very nature has given rise to some of the greatest inventions in human history. This search for more comfortable and convenient methods has given us faster travel, instant communication with others, and a bunch of other modern conveniences that we take for granted on a daily basis.
I myself admit to this sort of behavior, but as with all things too much of a good thing can be detrimental.
I see this adage come to life on a daily basis with my clients struggles to achieve their goals.
When we cut through all the minutia and get down to the basics losing weight, gaining muscle, and becoming stronger all have rather simple to do lists.
- Consume less calories then you expend.
- Exercise regularly (3 - 5 times per week).
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat more calories then you expend.
- Get 0.8 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass.
- Perform resistance based exercise 2 to 3 times per week.
- Drink lots of water.
- Perform resistance training exercises 2 - 3 times per week.
- Focus on lifts that allow you to move large loads.
- Progressively increase the weight you lift from day to day, week to week, and month to month.
Not to complicated huh?
There is a catch though.
The game plans themselves are simple. However their execution requires dedication, consistency, and persistence. It requires that we get out of our old routines (inconvenience) and try new things (discomfort). This runs in direction opposition to our nature.
So instead we opt to ignore the simple, yet at times difficult game plan and pursue a convoluted, well marketed, financially draining, and self proclaimed “easy” plan.
In fact we often try multiple of these plans. Many of which give us brief periods of progress followed by a devastating weight gain to some place above your heaviest.
As a coach, friend, significant other, son, and brother it is one of the hardest things to watch someone go through all the while knowing full well you already have the answer to their problem and if they would only listen and buy in things would get so much better.
I mean seriously take a good hard look at the way you are and have approached getting the body you want.
Did you buy an expensive supplement and restrict yourself to 500 calories a day yet ended up back to where you started?
Have you tried categorizing your foods into clean and dirty or bad and good promising to yourself that you would only eat those clean and good foods yet three weeks later you found yourself going down in a blaze of binge eating?
Or maybe you opted to try one of those 14 day reset diets that are supposed to detox your body and get you burning fat like your 16 year old self, but instead spent most of the 14 days on the toilet.
Imagine instead if you had used all this wasted time on just nailing down the basics I listed above. You would be many pounds lighter, much happier with your appearance, and stronger than you have ever been in your life.
The best part being that you did it in a way that was and is sustainable and maintainable. It’s achievements that you can hold on to for the rest of your life.
I felt the need to write this because I just can’t stand to watch anymore people go through this process. This constant search for the magic answer, the easy way, the quick fix.
The truth is none of these things exist. Changing is hard. Improvement is hard earned. Ipt requires being inconvenienced and uncomfortable.
I know the truth sucks, but instead of denying it, wasting your time, and getting no where why not accept it and embrace it.
Accept the fact that it will require much of you, but will give back to you things you have never had and will forever be able to enjoy.
Happy moving and heavy lifting
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