You’ve Been Tricked…
…into thinking the results you see on TV or online are real.
12 week miracle transformations and crazy success stories are few and far between.
Here is the truth… it’s all Smoke and Mirrors…
It’s not hard to make yourself look like you’re in better shape than you are(especially with the right tricks…)
As demonstrated by a few shots here. (Photo credit Andrew Dixon, link below) and were taken within an hour of each other. It was all done with lighting, and photo filters.
Andrew Dixon also wrote a great post on this on the Huffington Post (Check it out here: Seduced by the Illusion: The Truth about Transformation Photos)
Separating the Good from the Bad.
(Getting to the “right stuff”)
There is no magic pill – 20 minute workouts with lofty promises of 6 week programs that can radically transform you don’t work – period. There is only hard work, dedication, and steady progress. Anything else is not sustainable in the long run.
Expect any transformation to take at least a year.
To quote C.T. Fletcher – “Anyone who tells you otherwise is a f***ing, liar…”
And let’s get something else straight – there are some rare cases where people do lose massive amounts of weight or gain tons of muscle in a very short time…
But it’s not the norm, and is extremely hard to maintain for the long haul(for most people). Remember, drastic change comes as a shock to your body, and isn’t always the best practice for sustainable health and goals.
Look at the long term results from any program you’re considering.
-Is it sustainable?(Is continued training available?)
-Do the results stick?
-Can you continue to progress(improve)?
-Does the training match your goals?
There are thousands of questions to ask, but you better be damn sure they’re the right ones! You wouldn’t want to wind up with buyer’s remorse or worse yet, injuries, disappointment, and unable to train in any program from this point forward…
What should you measure…
Measurements, quite literally.
Screw the Scale. And forget looking in the mirrior. The only measureable results are the ones you can measure.
Go to a store that sells fabric, get yourself a tape measure(a soft one, not one of those steel retractible ones) and measure around your chest, upper arms, thighs, and waist.
Keep an eye on these measurements every so often(once a month or longer). If you measure too often, you’ll get frustrated and quit… So longer periods of time between measurements is better.
Notice how your clothes fit. Tighter? Loser? In what areas? Is this your goal? If not, what isn’t working for you, and how can you change it. Maybe you need help from someone who knows… or maybe you just need to make a sacrifice you haven’t been willing to make, but know you need to.
Regardless, you shouldn’t give up. Most people quit right at the finish line, don’t be like them, be unique – push through the struggle and don’t expect things to come easy… THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HARD, HARD WORK.
More things to ponder…
How important are your looks… are they that important?
Here’s a pic of me from some odd months ago, and one from today.
I “look” a helluva lot better in the older shot, but I was lighter than I wanted to be, not nearly as strong, and I felt tired all the time.
So was looking better worth it? No. My body likes to have a bit more… let’s call it fluff, for the activities I do on a regular basis – like getting stronger.
So make sure your 6-pack is worth the sacrifice before you go down that road(and let me tell ya, it’s 80% diet, 20% exercise – don’t let anyone tell you different)
To sum it up
Don’t be so eager to start something you miss the important bits… you know – like, the facts, about anything you may be trying this coming year when you’re all revved up and ready to “get fit” this year.
Make it last!
And for God’s sake(and I don’t joke here) be strong and think for yourself. Do not blindly follow or do what everyone else does just because 3 or 4 people got a good result(they’re cherry picked out of thousands who didn’t)
Stay Strong My Friends!