If you browse around the internet for a couple of minutes, you’ll easily find a number of so called body transformation articles and videos that make the whole thing look not only possible but even quite easy. However, if you’ve ever tried to lose weight or gain some muscle mass, you’re probably aware that it’s not as easy as those articles and videos make it seem. In reality, even exercising on a regular basis is too difficult for some, let alone successfully transforming their body.
Could it be that while trying to transform your body, you’re making a few mistakes that are resulting in you not being able to achieve your body transformation goals? Let’s first take a look at a couple of mistakes people generally make when trying to transform their bodies:
Common Mistakes People Make
Waiting Too Much
You probably know too many people who are always waiting for “just the right time” to start working out and changing their body. But the truth is – if you’re motivated enough, you either start working out the same day or a couple days after – there’s simply no waiting around.
Not Enjoying the Journey
Just because you need to work out harder than most gym-goers, it doesn’t mean you need to vomit after each session. Instead, you should speak with a personal trainer (or someone with more experience than you) and develop a routine that will test your limits without making you go over the line.
Working Hard at Wrong Things
People who are not well-versed in health and fitness education often work too hard on wrong things. This mistake is most commonly made by people who are obsessed with cardio. Don’t believe it? Just go to your local gym, and surely you’ll see a couple of people sweating on cardio machines, wondering why their body isn’t changing. Just use your common sense – if you’re doing something for months and you aren’t seeing any results – shouldn’t you change your approach to exercising?
Four Things All Body Transformations Have in Common
A lot of people make mistakes while trying to get their body in shape. However, there are some things that people are also doing right which results in amazing body transformations. Following are four things that are common among most transformations:
We all need a lot of energy; whether it’s to get through a busy day or to fuel a hard afternoon workout. Skipping meals, or going on tough, restrictive diets won’t actually do you any good. Sticking with three main meals (and two to three smaller ones) will help you keep your insulin levels steady and make it less likely that you’ll feel hungry during the day and make bad diet decisions.
Furthermore, you should try to treat cooking as a part of your overall fitness regime. Every now and then, you should even skip a training session in order to prepare food for the next couple of days. But if you want to stick to your schedule and speed the cooking part, you could always use a meal prep company like Home Chef that delivers groceries, ingredients and even recipes to your front door.
Complete body transformation requires consistency, because you need to convince your body that you’re deadly serious about your lifestyle changes. Keep in mind that while it takes so much effort and time to get into shape, it only takes a few short weeks to drop down a couple of fitness levels and get back to your old eating habits.
So if you want to take that final step and actually take your body to the next level, you need to get as consistent as you can with the number of days you’re working out, and the intensity levels of these workouts. And even though recovery is really important to your fitness success, you need to give your body just enough rest to recover (a day or two between sessions) but not so much that you lose ground.
Your body may be good at adapting to new eating and fitness regimes, but you have to understand that your body is also resistant to any changes. So it will probably take a couple of weeks (in some cases, even months) before you see any concrete results from your new lifestyle. If your workouts seem hard and you’re not satisfied with the initial results, you still can’t give up.
Every change can be uncomfortable to a certain degree. A big part of changing your body completely is learning to embrace these changes and even getting comfortable with the feeling of discomfort. So even if you feel intimidated by certain exercises (or even other, stronger gym-goers), you need to overcome it and try to work as hard as you can – one day, your try will definitely turn into success.
You can read all the articles you want, or take any advice from your close friends, but the real change will only occur when you take action. In truth, willpower can take you so far, but you cannot have infinite willpower. Sometimes, you’ll want to go home right after work, instead of going for a run or hitting the gym, because the more you use your willpower, the more it will run out.
So instead of relying only on yourself, you should consider hiring a personal coach, or even better, finding a positive fitness community to help you stay on the right path and keep you accountable for every action. And that’s the best thing about accountability – it allows you to preserve a lot of energy by “outsourcing’ your control to someone else and giving your willpower a break it needs and deserves.
Now that you know about the common mistakes that hinder your body transformation and the things that most body transformations have in common, you can start applying the knowledge to achieve your goals. Remember, the best transformation comes with patience and consistency, and if that is not combined with accountability and proper nutrition, you will not progress even if you stop making the mistakes people generally make.
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