Do you know that friend who has always said that he will commit and go to the gym, but he never had? Yeah. We all know at least one person who does that. Chances are you did that, too. Or you maybe are struggling with this problem right now. If you do, I have some news for you. You are not the only one. Basically every single person who tried to get in shape and to adopt a healthier lifestyle has encountered some difficulties. No matter if your goal is to get a six pack to impress that girl you like, to lose 2 pounds or to look like Chris Hemsworth (to develop a body like Chris Hemsworh; the rest is genetics, sorry), I think a have the solution for you.
Before I start to get into it, let me give you an example you should not follow. I think you all have watched at least one time the movie “Avengers: Endgame”. If you haven’t, think of any movie with superheroes that pops into your head. In every movie like this, the actors are obligated to get into serious shape to be able to play that particular character. Let’s be honest. No one would want to watch a movie named “Thor”, in witch the main actor is a fat man who wears XXL T-shirts. It’s just not that appealing (“Avengers: Endgame” is an exception). So they follow a strict diet and an insane work-out plan for 3–4 months. The issue with this comes after the movie is shot. Almost no actor succeeded to stay in that shape (check their interviews on Youtube if you don’t believe me). Why? Because no one in their right mind would decide to spend their entire life eating just fish, rice, and broccoli, with restriction against sugar. It is almost impossible. There are only a few people with the discipline required to have an amazing body, and even they eat some dessert from time to time.
The idea I want to point out here is that, unless you are training for a role in a movie, the goal is to build a lifestyle that lasts, not to go hard for 2 months, and then quit. It has to be sustainable, otherwise it won’t last in the long run.
There are only 3 main factors you should take care of: the work-out, the diet, and the recovery. That’s it. There is no need to complicate things. There is no need to rush the process, by taking a bunch of supplements (that will make you more harm than good), or worse, steroids. So improve each of these 3 categories, don’t change them radically. That’s exactly what I did, and the results were amazing. I’ve started to sleep at least 8 hours per day, going to bed at the same hour of the day, and waking up at the same hour of the day. I’ve slowly removed fast-food from my diet, and then I’ve removed bread, and so on. Regarding my work-out plan, I didn’t have to worry, because for a long period of time I have practiced sport at a team, and I couldn’t just skip a training because I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning.
Another aspect you should take care of is rest days. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you need recovery. So make sure you don’t overwhelm your body. Create some space for that one hour to sleep in addition. It will pay off.
Long story short, don’t get stressed about any of these. You don’t need to watch all the clips on social media about fitness and diet to look good and to be healthy, don’t worry. Keep it simple. Stop looking for shortcuts and trust the process. It can take months before you will see any results. All you need is discipline, perseverance and that intensity in your training.