Body Transformation: No Easy Task

There is no shortage of people who would prefer a different body. Skinny guys looking to get huge, and almost everyone else looking to get more lean. The single reason why it hasn’t occurred yet for most of these people is difficulty. It is way too hard to change now that you’ve become this way.
Two weeks on a dedicated eating plan and workout program feels like an eternity. Most people will grumble about the lack of results and fall back into the same old, same old. No discretion in the buffet line, and “not enough time” to get to the gym regularly.
The human body is a miraculous machine. One of its biggest strengths is its ability to keep everything in homeostasis. That’s the status quo. It has all sorts of ways to compensate when something is trying to change your body. You get warm, sweat cools you down. You drink lots of water, you get rid of the excess.
Unfortunately this same resistance to change occurs with your body and its current composition. You workout for an hour, you get hungry. You starve yourself regularly and your body slows down your metabolism. It takes a habitual exercise and disciplined nutritional approach to create positive change in your body.
The other day someone at the gym made a comment to me about how it’s a shame that some poeple can never become fit/lean. His example was another member who comes in everyday for an hour or two and still looks the same as he always has.
My response was that human physiology is relatively constant, so the same principles apply to everyone. For some it may come easier than others, but with the CORRECT approach, even that member can change his body.
Personally, I have never seen this guy gasping for air, or breaking a sweat. Does he have any direction with his workouts? Do they have a point, or is he just winging it everyday? As for nutrition, has he adopted good strategies to follow on a consistent basis? I’m not talking about one meal here or there. Just like your workouts should have a plan so should your eating. From the moment you wake until you go to bed, you should know how you are getting your micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) for the whole day.

The point of the story is that its not enough to just show up every day and assume you’ll end up looking like that guy on the most recent Men’s Health magazine. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, we all do it in the spring when it’s tax time. If you aren’t getting the results you’re looking for, consult a professional, and get on a plan!


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