If you have ever found yourself mumbling or thinking this to yourself, you’re not alone. This is the main reason that most people quit on their fat loss goals on their journey to get a lean and fit physique.
A lack of results can throw an icy cold towel on even the most enthusiastic spirit.
Yet, there are 3 important questions that you need to ask yourself before throwing in the cold, wet towel.
We live in a world where everybody wants results fast. They expect to lose 10 pounds in a week. They want to see their abs after a month of sit-ups. They expect a month or two of going to the gym to result in them achieving a body that would make Stallone cry.
The answer is simple. False advertising. Most often the people are not to blame. The fitness magazines, infomercials, weight loss supplements and the myriad of weight loss products that hype their products and make claims so bold they fool the majority into thinking that the process is fast and easy.
It is NOT. Weight loss and a lean, toned body take time. The magazines and products can’t give two hoots about the average person. These are money making companies with only one goal – PROFITS! The system is broken and serves to benefit no one but those pocketing the cash.
If you expect fast results, you’re in for disappointment. You can’t get a beach body in 3 weeks if you look like a beached whale. You can’t lose 10 pounds in a week by swallowing some thermogenic fat burners down with a bottle of root beer.
The truth is that weight loss and fitness require sacrifice, patience, sweat equity and TIME. Rome was not built in a day. Give yourself time. Assuming you lose 1 pound a week, it’ll take you 20 weeks to lose 20 pounds. That’s 5 months. NOT 5 days. Do you have what it takes to stick it out for 5 months?
You do? Excellent. Then you will see results and your hard work will pay dividends.
Next up, you have to ask yourself if you know what you’re doing. If you want to see your abs and do a thousand sit-ups a day but have a bodyfat percentage of 35%, all you’re doing is wearing out your floor.
To see your abs, you need to bring your weight down to about 9% to 11% bodyfat. This is fitness knowledge that is so crucial to meeting your goals. Do you have the knowledge? If you don’t, no worries. The internet is full of information.
Do your research and do what needs to be done. Do not come up with your own ideas and train based on guess work. Hire a personal trainer if you have to.
Lastly, how hard are you working out? Most people say that they are killing themselves, but barely train at 70% of their potential. Do you give up the moment you pant a little? Do you train till your clothes are soaking with perspiration? Or do you call it a day after one drop of sweat rolls down your forehead?
The navy seals have a saying, “Nobody ever drowned in sweat”. Make sure you give it your best. Whatever you may think, you can still do that little bit more. There is still some fuel in the tank. Once you start training like your life depended on it, the results will come fast and furious.
You will have a sense of satisfaction and look forward to your next training session with determination, expectation and a bit of fear. That’s ok. It just means you’re training hard.
To conclude, train hard, train correctly and most importantly, give your body time to adapt and change. It took you years to crawl then walk and finally run. If you had given up early, you would still be crawling.
Have faith and patience. You will get there. Have no doubts about it. Ever.