Everywhere I look lads seem to be in a massive rush to shed fat and change their body shape.
I get that totally having been one of these guys in the past.
It seems that once somebody decides they want to change and embarks upon a healthier lifestyle they are literally expecting miracles within a few weeks.
It’s also no wonder as a society many of us are like this because we live in an age of the multi media promoting quick fix diets, detoxes and pills promising dramatic results and FAST.
I’ve lost count of the number of times blokes have popped up in our programmes frustrated like hell because they aren’t seeing dramatic changes in less than two weeks.
Here’s what I’ve had to start telling lads.
“Whats the rush? If it’s taken you 20 or 30 years to get out of shape then you are NOT going to fix it within a few weeks!
I firmly believe we can start to help someone feel way more better in terms of energy, clarity and mood within 7 days with some simply nutritional changes (combined with moving more) but I’m afraid if you are expecting a transformation in just a few short weeks then you have been seriously mislead.
Health and fitness is a lifestyle and should not be rushed and what is wrong with enjoying the journey?
Imagine you played the long game and focused on losing 1lb a week or even 0.5lbs per week? This could be done with little or no suffering and over the course of a year would equate to 52lbs or 26lbs which is pretty massive.
Now you may think I am being contradictory as at 30Plus we run plans for 21 days, 28 days and currently have a few 8 week plans running. How does that fit with not being in a rush for results?
Look, it takes 21 days to embrace new habits, so if in our shorter plans we can get lads off to a good start and get them making things like drinking more water, upping their veggies and getting good quality protein in every meal more of a habit then we have done our job and got them off to a great start.
In our longer 8 week plus plans is where clients will start to see some decent physical changes if principles and consistency is adhered too.
A lot of the before and after pics we release are of lads that have followed a 3, 6, 8 or even a 12 week plan and then gone on to embrace the journey and make this a lifestyle moving forward.
This is where you should put your focus for sustainable long-term success.
Lads, you have to have a degree of patience.
Understand if you are 20% body fat then your not getting down to 10% fat in hurry without some pretty major suffering. However you could shed 10% body fat in 6 months to a year with consistency, a focus on enjoying the journey; tracking and trusting the process while being patient.
For those of you just starting on a health and fitness journey and in a massive rush, I hear you, but understand that years of bad habits can’t be undone in a few short weeks.
Embrace this lifestyle called health and fitness and enjoy the journey and the feelings of making gradual weekly progress along the way.
The sooner you realise that total transformation takes time; the less you’ll be likely to throw your toys out of the pram when you’re not ripped in 5 weeks like the popular fitness magazines tell you!