Some where along the way we were lead to believe that weight loss, fat loss and doing a complete body transformation is easy. The ads, the promises and the do it quick schemes are everywhere. When you turn on the TV early in the morning you see the infomercial. When you are waiting in line at the grocery store you see it on the cover of every other magazine. When you are flipping down the radio dial from one station to the next you will probably come across some commercial promising you those same results. You hear it from celebrity trainers, people who were trained by celebrity trainers and people who were sold training programs that were devised by celebrity trainers.
- “Follow this 25 minute a day workout program for four weeks and you too will have single digit body fat percentage and can work out in the gym with your shirt off.”
- “Take this one pill one time a day, sit on the couch for 12 hours a day and shed 10 pounds in 10 days without doing anything else.”
- “Do these four exercises that require no equipment and no effort and rediscover the washboard abs you never had in the first place.”
- “Drink nothing but this disgusting tasting, disgusting looking shake three times a day, spend half your day on the toilet and you too will have that beach body you always wanted.”
And you know what I find to be the most disturbing part to be of all these ridiculous promises that are made and the results that are guaranteed? It’s not the messages being sent that I find to be disturbing. It’s that people actually buy into these messages and promises that is the disturbing part. People are told it’s as easy as taking a pill or doing this one exercise and then they actually buy into the idea that it is easy.
Here’s the truth people: it never was easy. It will never be easy. And it should never be easy. It’s not going to be given to you just like a lot of things in life are not going to be given to you. If it was as easy as we are lead to believe wouldn’t we all be in great shape? More people are going to the gym than ever before and there are more diets on the market than ever before. Yet, a larger percentage of people are walking around overweight or obese than ever before.
Here is what has to be done: those results have to be earned. And I am not talking about being earned just because you read what you are supposed to be doing. Or earned because you bought something that was supposed to help. It’s going to be earned by dragging yourself to the gym three to four times a week even though that is the last place you want to be. It’s going to be earned by getting the most out of every training session. You have to do more than just show up at the gym. You have to train with the purpose of achieving the goals you have set for yourself. It’s going to be earned by being disciplined with your diet. You have to do more than just follow a diet. You have to execute that diet 80-90 percent of the time. Yes, diets are usually uncomfortable and yes you are probably going to feel hungry. Yes, training hard is going to feel uncomfortable. You have to “get comfortable being uncomfortable”.
And that person that you refer to as lucky because they are lean and never seem to to gain any bad weight? Do you really know what they are doing when they are not in your presence? Do you really know how hard they train? Do you really know if they are preparing their meals for the week? Do you really know if they are getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night? None of that is luck.
So here is what you have to do. Accept the fact that it is not going to be easy. Accept the fact that your legs and lungs are going to burn and your stomach is going to rumble. Accept the fact it is going to take you some time. Accept the fact you are going to have to do some things that you really do not want to do. Accept the fact you are going to have stop doing some of things you want to do. Accept the fact that it’s not supposed to be easy.