Body transformations are not easy and often come with a laundry list of issues, roadblocks and unfortunate certainties that all have to be dealt with.
Unfortunately, in contemporary society, most of us have become accustomed to instant gratification. Considering that body transformations take time, these two ideas often conflict, as many individuals hope to see drastic changes too quickly.
Additionally, people disregard the importance of the mental aspect, and how many of us sabotage our own transformations by spending time loathing others. It’s time to change that so you can achieve the body you desire.
In this article, I’ll discuss 3 of the biggest mistakes you might be making during your body transformation and how to avoid them.
Wanting To Change Everything Overnight
One of the biggest issues with exercise and nutrition is that many people don’t understand how they affect your weight loss and simply just how much effort actually goes into building the perfect body.
Unfortunately, even though many of us wish we could adjust our body composition overnight, it doesn’t ever work that way. In fact, most people don’t even see meaningful changes to their body until at least a month has passed. And really, that’s only if everything is inline.
When adjusting body composition, you have to first determine the appropriate steps to take for your own body and then you have to actually implement them into your routine regularly. Otherwise, you’ll never reach the goals you hope for.
It’s extremely important to understand the ramifications of a diet. You should be able to recognize that you’ll need to have a strong training plan, in addition to an accurate and effective nutritional strategy. Otherwise, you’re simply shooting in the diet, hoping for the best.
Furthermore, it’s important to remember that even if you have the perfect plan on paper, in reality, it might not pan out how you’d hoped. I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve had who simply do not respond to the “logical” approach. At that point, even more changes are required to actually provide the weight loss that’s desired.
Overall, it’s important to keep in mind that, while the underlying principles of fat loss and building muscle are quite simple, they rarely translate into your journey being simple. Lastly, you need to understand that meaningful healthy and physique changes take time, and sometimes a very long time.
Don’t set yourself up for failure by assuming your transformation will happen overnight. Plan for the long haul and stay consistent.
Changing Too Many Things At Once
When starting a body transformation, people often attempt to change too many things at once, simply because they don’t understand that they’ll need to change them all systematically, in order to reach their goals.
This section isn’t about abandoning lofty goals. To recognize that there are many different moving parts that all affect the end result is actually quite important. However, it’s important to avoid the temptation to change all of them at once.
A great example is that many people want to lose body fat while gaining lean muscle. While doing so is certainly possible, it’s not exactly an easy venture. This is primarily because the steps you need to take to lose body fat are also typically the opposite of what you’d do for building muscle.
Reducing calories for instance is one of the first steps to take when attempting to lose weight, while doing so isn’t exactly beneficial for increasing the size of your muscles. If you try to do both at the same time, you could end up simply spinning your wheels.
While there are many different moving parts of weight loss, it’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean it all needs to happen at once. Remember that this process takes time.
Make sure you choose to change things one at a time, to ensure that you actually make the adjustments you need, rather than trying to adjust everything all at once and then failing.
Guilting Yourself Because Of Others
Most of us have idols or at least someone that we look up to. In terms of fitness, most of us also have an ideal physique that we’d like to achieve and chances are, someone somewhere already has it.
As humans, I truly believe that we’re destined to want things that we don’t currently have. Whether it’s the latest iPhone or a shredded six pack; if someone has it, we want it too.
However, iPhones and self-image are two totally different ballparks. When you work towards a new phone or some new product you’ve always wanted, you’re simply working towards that goal.
With body composition however, most of us gauge our self-worth on how we look and feel. When others have achieved the body that we most desire, this can begin to manifest into guilt, shame, envy and frustration.
While I understand why you might feel that way, I implore you never to do so, for several reasons.
First, guilting yourself or blaming yourself because someone else looks better than you is not only worthless, but it’s also damaging. Many of us feel slighted as if someone else had it easier or was dealt a better hand. Let me tell you, it will get you nowhere.
Second, consider how the time spent loathing others could be better spent working on yourself or affirming positive thoughts about your own body and your own journey, rather than being angry with another for achieving the same goals as you were seeking.
While it’s quite tempting to be jealous or even frustrated with another for finding success, I suggest projecting that energy in a positive light, back to yourself as well as onto others. Focus on your own results rather than worrying about how well others are doing.
3 Major Body Transformation Mistakes To Avoid For Success
If you find yourself struggling to change your body, time and time again, perhaps you’re making some obvious mistakes that can, and should, be adjusted.
Issues like expecting radical changes overnight, altering too many variables at once and worrying too much about other people, are just a few of the many mistakes I see individuals make when attempting to change their physique.
By recognizing these mistakes and correcting on the fly, you could find yourself making progress in a way you have never dreamed of.