I am working my butt off but NOT seeing results!
Have you ever found yourself thinking about, or mumbling, I am working my butt off but not seeing results! Well you are not alone. This is one of the reasons, if not the main reason why most end up quitting on their weight loss goals and fitness journey to a better, leaner and healthier body.
A lack of results can freeze the motivation on even the most enthusiastic spirit.
But there are 3 very important questions that you should ask yourself before throwing in that frozen towel and calling it quits.
- 1How long have I been in on this journey?
- 2Am I doing what I am supposed to do correctly?
- 3Did I really give it my all?
These are 3 crucial questions that everyone needs to ask themselves before giving up. Your answer to not seeing the results you want, lie within one of these questions.
You see, we live in a world that everyone wants immediate results. They want results super fast! They expect to lose 10 pounds in a week or less. They want to have shredded abs after one month of sit ups. They expect 1 or 2 months of going to the gym to result in a body that would make Dwayne Johnson cry.
This is a simple answer. Marketing! False advertising. Most of the time, the people thinking this are not to blame. The fitness magazines, weight loss supplements, infomercials and the countless numbers of fat loss products that hype up their products and make claims so bold they fool the majority into thinking that the process is fast and easy.
Well, I am the guy that is here to tell you it is NOT! Weight loss and a lean toned body takes time and action. These infomercials and magazines can give two craps about the average person. You must understand that these are money making companies with one goal in mind....PROFIT! Sadly the system is broken and serves to benefit no one but the companies pocketing the cash.
If you expect fast results, you are in for disappointment. Doing it the right and healthiest way for longevity, and so your weight doesn't bounce back, it is just not realistic. You can't lose 15 pounds in a week, neither should you, by swallowing some thermogenic fat burners down with a bottle of coca cola.
The truth is that weight loss and fitness will require some type of sacrifice, patience, action, and TIME to do it the healthy way. As you have heard this 1000 times....Rome was not built in one day. Give yourself time. Assuming you lose 1 pound per week, it will take you 20 weeks to lose 20 pounds. That is 5 months. NOT 5 days. Do you have what it takes to get it done for 5 months?
You do? Excellent! Then you will see results and your hard work will pay dividends.
The next step to ask yourself would be....Do I really know what I am doing? For example, If you want to see your abs and you are going to the gym and crushing 1000 crunches, but you have a body fat percentage of 30%, all you would be doing is wearing out the floor.
To really see you abs, you would need to bring your body fat percentage down do about 9%-11% depending on your body type. This is fitness knowledge that is so crucial to meeting you goals. Do you have the knowledge? If you do not, no worries. The internet is full of information.
Do your research and do what has to be done so you can better your health. There is no need to come up with your own ideas and train based on guess work.
Last but not least, how hard are you working out? Most people say that they are killing themselves, but barely train at 70% of their potential. Are you giving up at the moment you pant a little? Do you train until your clothes are soaked with perspiration? Or do you call it a day after a drop of sweat falls down your forehead?
The seals have a saying "nobody ever drowned in sweat". Make sure you give it your best. Whatever you may think, you can still do a little bit more, you can still push yourself a little harder. There is still some fuel in your tank. Once you start training like your life depends on it, the results will come fast and furious.
You will have a sense of satisfaction and look forward to your next training session with determination, expectation and a bit of fear. That is ok, it just means you are training hard.
In conclusion, train hard, train the right way and most importantly, give your body time to adapt and change. Remember as a kid, it took you years to months to crawl, years to walk and then finally run. If you had given up early, you would still be crawling.
Have faith and patience. You will get there. I have no doubt about it. Ever!