So. The question I get asked most frequently by clients is “when will I see results?” Many of who will want results like, yesterday!
Now I might be good, but I’m not a miracle worker 😉
I admire the goals and determination of these clients, but you have to be realistic and trust the fact that results can take time. Everyone has a different starting point when they embark on any fitness regime, so it’s unwise to compare yourself to anyone, especially your friends.
So how long WILL it take?
Let’s look at this sensibly.
If you’ve been eating poorly and not been exercising enough there is a fair chance that you’ve accumulated some extra body fat over the last 3 months, 6 months, or a lot longer in many cases. It has taken you this time to get out of shape, so it would be silly to think that you can get IN shape overnight, wouldn’t it?
Yes, some people are incredibly lucky, have insane genetics, can train for 6 weeks and the body fat just melts off them. Frustrating hey? You must keep in mind that everybody is completely different. We all differ in starting points, metabolic rates, skeletal frames, and the make up of our muscle fibres and genetics are as individual as our finger prints. Some people build muscle quicker than others, and some people store fat just by thinking about that Krispy Kreme.
The human body is a vast, complex piece of machinery with thousands of chemical and hormonal processes taking place every second. Everyone has different lifestyles, commitment levels and desire to change.
There are so many factors that may determine the outcome of your training and nutrition it would be unwise to believe in the notion that ‘one size fits all.’ This is why all of my nutrition and workout plans are totally bespoke and tailored to the individual…Their likes, dislikes, lifestyle, starting point and goals.
With this in mind, try not to compare yourself to anyone but yourself. Focus on YOU, what needs to be done to reach YOUR goals and what your trainer/nutritionist has asked of you.
Quite a few of you reading this today have trained with myself either in the gym or as an online client over the last year, but many of you won’t have. Assuming you have a PT or have used a PT in the past, you have paid him or her to get you a result. He/she should be well trained, or at least I hope they are! They are the expert and you have gone to them for help and expertise.
If you are asked to write a food diary because it’s the only way to see what you are doing, then please write the food diary, however busy you are. Diet and nutrition play an extremely important role in your results. It’s IMPERATIVE actually, and the adage “YOU CAN’T OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET” rings true as always.
The point I am making is this: You have to trust the process and be aware that results will come at the speed in which they come. This we have NO control over. Work on your nutrition, your sleep habits, your training and overall lifestyle. Trust your trainer and the advice you are given, and don’t try to reinvent the wheel. It’s the little things done every single day that brings change and creates results.
As always, if you have any questions then please do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on social media.