DISCLAIMER: This is just a personal rant that hopefully will convey a lesson I learned through almost 7 years of dieting and training to a body transformation
Well, in a sense… I lied… It’s about what is the best diet or training program. But it’s about what’s best for YOU. What’s best for your lifestyle. I call it IIFYL (if it fits your lifestyle).
I frequently get emails from people asking what is the best diet or training program? What’s the best way to lose weight?
Even on Instagram after they see my pictures, I still get the “magic” question.
Lately, as I’m getting on calls with people to help them make a good plan for weight loss or weight gain progress, I still get this question…
It’s hunting me everywhere.
Here’s the thing:
It’s about the best diet and training plan for YOU, not for everyone.
The motivation of the first workout sessions will wear off. The dieting plans can become a chore for you. The willpower can disappear in no time.
It’s easy to get motivated to do something about your body but harder to maintain that motivation.
This is why I believe it’s better for you to stick with a diet and training program even if it’s not “perfect,” and you follow consistently it rather than to search the perfect one and quit halfway.
There are 1000’s of ways to get fit.
If you look around the internet, you can find people getting fit from all sorts of diets and training programs.
If you analyze what they’ve been doing, you will discover that there’s no magic recipe. It’s just one thing that makes them succeed: CONSISTENCY.
- The consistency to make the right dietary choices
- The consistency to create positive habits that will drive you towards a better body
- The consistency to keep up with your training plan
- The consistency to hit your macros and your caloric plan
People that succeed at changing their body make a plan for themselves, follow the plan, stick to the plan and adjust in case they fail for the first time, and they keep doing it until they succeed. For them, failure is not an option.
Most of the time, these diet or training programs work because someone was willing enough to stay with them until they had results. They might not be the perfect solution. But it’s the perfect solution for their lifestyle (remember IIFYL?)
Change your mental switch from “what is the best diet” to “what’s the best way to diet in my case”.
If you look at my body transformation, you can see it took me quite a while until I started to see real results.
For the first 2-3 years, my results were mediocre. I was progressing because I was doing some physical activity, and making better dietary choices. But my results were not off the ordinary.
As years passed, and as I was trying more and more diets and training programs, adjusting, and fitting them into my lifestyle on a CONSISTENT basis, they started bringing me results.
The thing is… I enjoyed what I was doing. Of course, I had my ups and downs. Of course I also followed rigid diet plans that were making my life a complete mess. Of course I went into training programs that felt too hard or too much for me to handle. That were demotivating me because of the lack of fast results.
I tried many plans and failed a lot. I felt off the bandwagon more times than I can remember…
At some point, I even thought about giving up, and consider my attempts a FAILURE.
That happened because at some point in my journey, I HATED the harsh diet I was following because I wanted to be like a ripped guy from a magazine. And I made the fatal mistake of following his diet. Diet that worked for his lifestyle. But not mine.
I reached a point in my journey where the training program I was doing, and which I believed to be the “be all end all,” was too much for me. It was making my body feel like a wreck. It was making me sick and tired.
And what happened next?
I QUIT for some months because of them. That happened a few years ago (I can’t remember exactly when).
But I didn’t QUIT because I was demotivated, lazy, or didn’t have a plan.
I QUIT because I couldn’t do it anymore.
- The rigid diet was making my life a mess both socially and psychologically.
- The harsh training program was making me unable to have a normal life since I was always tired, lacked energy to do other things, and it impacted my social life.
I HATED what I was doing.
I got OVERTRAINED not only at a physical level but also mental.
After a period of a few months passed in which I just enjoyed life, did no diets or lifting, and got completely recovered, I tried lifting the iron again.
And this time, I took it easy. I followed the basic principles of dieting; I was doing short and intense training sessions, and I simply tried to do what I love. And what fitted my lifestyle at that point.
This is a BIG one.
- If you don’t like to do cardio, but someone says you MUST do it three times a week or you won’t have results… You’ll hate every moment of doing it
- If you enjoy doing normal weight training but a personal trainer puts you through painful circuits that seem like a chore to get over… You’ll hate every moment of doing them
It’s like keeping a job that you HATE, and going to it just for the sake of getting some money. Sooner or late you’ll either give up and seek something that you like. Or you’ll stay there without enjoying your life or getting any pleasure from doing it.
- You should enjoy what you eat
- You should feel more energy and happiness from the physical activity you do
- You should live your life stress-free, and enjoy it every moment.
That’s what I teach my coaching clients to do. This is how I create body transformations like mine. I help them create a diet and training program that fits into their lifestyle completely so they can enjoy what they do and pick the reward.
It’s a WIN-WIN situation…
If you need help to overcome a current diet or training struggle, get on a call with me (it’s free to get on a call with me, and if we don’t end up working together for your body transformation, at least you’ll get some VALUABLE tips to move forward.)