Your weightloss or fitness journey should feel natural and sustainable, but it should not be easy.

Anytime you are working towards a goal you should be “working.” Things take time, dedication and true passion to achieve. Whether it is just adding vegetables into your diet, trying to lower cholesterol, improving a mile time or losing 30 pounds, you gotta earn it.

Take my friend Zach** for example. In high school and the beginning college years he struggled with weight. Not only did he have a sweet tooth but he was exercise averse. He despised it. Periodically his dad would hire a trainer for teenage Zach and the forced act made Zach despise exercise that much more. What’s worse, the trainer gave him exercises he hated doing, exercises for which he wasn’t ready and left him feeling not only “fat” but incapable, un-motivated and downright frustrated. So he ate MORE and spurned movement.

Finally, one day Zach looked in the mirror and decided “enough.” He looked at fitness photos online of males’ physiques and decided on one he wanted. Now, if you know this guy you know he likes to “hack” into things. A branianc, he always tries to beat the system whether it’s figuring out the best return on a stock or finding out the quickest way to get help on a customer service line, etc. He likes to solve problems quickly and strategically.

First, he got really into cycling. He would ride that road bike everywhere. All the while refusing to wear the typical cyclists’ clothes, he crushed the fancy spandex wearing, shaved legged peddlers and loved every minute of it.

Flash forward four to six months and he was one lean bean. He had lost the fat, he had cycled it off, but also, after the first 2 months of cycling and getting off the couch he had added P90X videos because he could do them in his house in private (basically HIIT). The combination worked for him. Seeing results from exercise had made him look into how he could change his eating habits and they also improved.

Now it was time to build his dream body via isolation split format training. He loved pushing and pulling stacks of metal at the gym. Even more, he loved the “pump” sensation he got with various pre-workout supplements accompanying those heavy sessions.

He went on body building.com, he went on youtube… he looked everywhere and fell  in love with finding different circuits to do and splits to try.

In example, at first he kept the P90X in his regime 3 days a week, while scheduling a dedicated leg day, a back and bicep day, a chest and triceps day, and an ab day. Then he tried doing biceps and triceps one day, chest and back another, keeping one ab day and one leg day consistent. He liked to see what would work and also what would keep him from plateu-ing.

Once he found his sweet spot he began manipulating his diet and supplements in a traditional body building manner. He would do a bulk phase, then a cutting phase; he would cycle creatine(s) and he would add more or less beta alanine etc.

Long story short, he designed his body— and to this day he continues to try different things. I commend him because he gives each new tactic a fair go (at least 5-6 weeks), and he stays consistent— even if consistent in his world means never cutting out Twizzlers or Nutella. He simply tries hard to practice moderation and if things go south he puts in extra time at the gym.

I am telling you this story because the underlying message is that you CAN make your life; you can design your body; you CAN achieve your goals.

Do genetics play a role? YES however, ultimately you can see results if you work really hard after something you really want and you remain consistent.

 

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