Patience Is A Virtue For A Reason
One thing you need to start practising more is having patience.
You live in an instant gratification world and expect everything to happen right now. You can get food delivered to your door, you can download Netflix to your phone and you can buy anything you want with Amazon.
The problem is instant gratification doesn’t happen with your health.
You’re looking for the “magic bullet” the new HIIT workout that will burn more calories than your last one.
The best workout program that’s going to help “tone your stomach” and give you abs.
The new fad diet where you cut out a certain food and drink a tea because it has magical properties.
You’re being tricked by marketers, fitness magazines and online charlatans telling you that they have the answer.
You decide to buy their detox tea or follow their special diet for a while and you might even see some results.
You lose a few pounds for the first few days, maybe even two weeks. But after a few weeks, you’re frustrated because you aren’t lean and don’t yet have an Instagram body, so you look for the next best thing.
You continually jump from one thing to another looking for results NOW or even worse you drop your calories so low that you damage your metabolism.
Here’s the truth, THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME
- You don’t need to “detox your body”.
- You don’t need to “eliminate all carbs”.
- You don’t need to get rid of healthy fats.
- You don’t need to find the next best diet.
- You don’t need to eat 1200 calories a day to lose weight.
What you need to do is play the patience game.
“Geeze Tyson, you sure do know a lot about this”It’s because I lived it for the first two years of my fitness journey. I struggled to keep weight off because I would come off a diet and go back to “normal” or I’d restrict myself so much that I would binge on food.
I’m pretty good at the whole impatient game which is why I’m writing this. It’s because I don’t want you to make the same mistake I did for TWO YEARS!
I’ve given you the formula to figure out how much you should be eating. In case you’ve missed it it’s BW in KG x 30 then you take away 10–15%
You then multiply your bodyweight in KG x 2 for protein
You then multiply your bodyweight in KG x 1.2 for fats
You then fill the rest of your calories with carbohydrates.
You then track your food and stay at your calorie limit day after day week after week. Watching the scale and your body measurements drop ever so slightly.
THIS IS THE EXACT SAME WAY YOU PUT ON WEIGHT JUST IN REVERSE.
You didn’t wake up one day 30 pounds heavier and wonder where that came from. It slowly came on day by day of eating too much food. I highly doubt you were in a race to gain as much weight as you could in the shortest amount of time, so why are you taking that approach with losing weight?
Play the patience game day by day, week by week. Stick to your calorie limit, watch your weight and measurements drop over time and I promise you will get to where you want to be, it might just take longer than 2 weeks.
While you’re at it, tattoo patience across your forehead, make it the background screensaver on your phone and computer and remind yourself daily to be patient!
Patience will pay off.
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