Some might argue nutrition is the key, while others argue exercise is the key. The truth is both are important but consistency is the winner.
Have you tried multiple different exercise and nutrition programs looking for that one thing that will finally get you the results you are looking for? How did that work out? The problem word in the previous sentence is ‘multiple’.
Now I don’t know what you’ve tried and whether they were scientifically sound or if they were a few crazy fad diets or a mixture of the two, but I’m willing to bet that they were preceded by testimonials by people who swore up and down that each one of them was awesome and that it worked. Do you think those people made up the results - faked their way through those before and after pictures? Sometimes I suppose, in an effort to make a sale, but chances are the results are real. People really do lose weight; redesign their lives and their bodies. Maybe they make it look a little easier than it really is, but the successful people have found something.
That something is consistency. It is unlikely that there is anything exceptional about any one exercise/nutrition plan that you come across. As long as you are getting physical activity in a safe manner, always challenging yourself to do better than you were before and fueling your body with healthy food, you will see results BUT when the going gets tough; when the results aren’t coming fast enough; when you really would prefer to have ice cream every night and sit on your couch binge-watching Netflix; that’s when you need to KEEP GOING! This is the only way you’ll get the results you need. If you quit the program 4 weeks into it because the results aren’t as quick or dramatic as you had hoped, you are depriving yourself of the true satisfaction that comes from hard work, dedication and hard-earned results!
Here are a few of common scenarios that I have seen as a trainer.
Everyone is different. Every advertisement you read will have a disclaimer, the small print, stating that results will vary. But for every difference, there are a lot of similarities. Consistency in your fitness and nutrition will win over extremes. It is tempting to purchase a program that promises fast and dramatic results. Usually fast and dramatic results are difficult to maintain over the long run. I have found that the slower the changes occur, the longer they will last. KEEP GOING!!!
Did you pick up on the theme yet? Consistency is Key!
Consistency has a sister. Her name is TIME.
Here are a few other things to consider: