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How do we make the change to achieve the elusive body transformations everyone seeks?
That is the question I get asked on a daily basis and it fills me with some dread. We have been so preconditioned about certain things when it comes to fitness that we must move on from. Science based, proven fitness regimes is far better that these crazy quick fixes we try and implement. After all these years I still get tempted when I see some crazy pill or diet and I have to actively stop myself.
There is also no one path for everyone. We all have different starting points, goals and willingness/ability to put the required effort.
A Total body transformation is DAMNED HARD. Ask anyone who has done it successfully or attempted it. It is arguably of one the toughest things we can do. Our bodies are the direct result of what we do on a daily basis, thus to change it we must change what we do on a daily basis.
The first thing to establish what you want and whether you are willing to do what it takes to get there. A dramatic body transformation will take a level of commitment, sweat and work that not everyone can, wants to or even should do. If you are looking to get healthier, fitter and lighter then that is entirely different journey. It is good to be healthy, as a society we are over stimulated with images of ripped bodies and this really has created unrealistic expectations. Perfectly instagrammed images are not reality. A lot of the images we see are from photoshoots that these athletes have worked towards for months, and specifically dieted for. To compare them to your beach snaps is just cruel to yourself.
5 things to consider before you get started would be:
1. Set realistic goals
This goes a long way to having a successful health intervention. Often we set goals that we do not have the time or inclination to achieve and we set ourselves up for failure which causes a negative experience and makes it so much tougher the next time around. If your goal is a healthier life, take small steps and understand that small incremental improvements over a period of time yields massive results. The consistency of any intervention is the key.
2. Put your health first
There are many crazy interventions, tablets and ludicrous diets. These have varying degrees of short term success, but may damage your health in ways that may only become noticeable years from now when that quick fix result has long since passed. When we are younger we think our bodies are bullet proof, but that crash diet to loose 5 kg in 3 weeks is just simply not worth it in the long run. Chances are these unsustainable practises will have you right where you started sooner than you know. Well balanced, nutritious meals are so important. Your body needs the fuel to grow and develop and keep the organs going. Under eating is just as bad as over eating.
3. Be kind to yourself
You are not as fat as you imagine, I promise. I look at my selfies or in the mirror and all I see are the pockets of fat or imperfections. We MUST stop doing this or comparing ourselves to professional athletes. Eat better, work out and the results will come proportionally. You do not need to turn your diet into a punishment. The obsession with ultra-low calories diets and denying ourselves entire macronutrients is archaic and not necessary. If you need a ‘cheat day’ you are probably not being kind to yourself. If you feel you to be rewarded for your eating, it is obviously a burden. Plan your nutrition so that the things you enjoy to eat are not excluded.
4. It takes time
This is a lifelong process. Understand that you are making adjustments for the rest of your life, if you are not willing to do it, then the intervention might be too great. I happen to be an extreme person, so I train extremely hard and often, but I have made that a part of my life. There is no quick fix.
5. Get support
In an ideal world we would all have personal trainers, dieticians and chefs, but we live in a reality where money is finite. So employ professionals where you can, perhaps an online coach or a PT to get you going or join a Facebook group of likeminded people. Focus on getting help where you think your weakness lies; training or eating. There will be things the people you are currently spending your time with will not understand as you suddenly start changing your behaviour and outlook. Having a support structure of people who know what you are going through will help.
These are a few points to consider when wanting to make a change. Remember you do not need a Monday or a month end to start. Today is the only day there is. Tomorrow is a theory.
Promise yourself JUST TODAY you’ll do what it takes, after a couple of Todays you will get where you want to be
Originally published at tariroweb.wordpress.com on February 21, 2017.