The truth about these 'body image' style transformations?
It's usually around this time of the year people are thinking about 'transforming' in the new year
and I'm sure you have seen these body 'transformations' all over social media and anywhere they can be marketed. Now, I'm not talking about changing and transforming your life for the better
this should be commended and also be very exciting
but no it's about those body image and 6-pack transformations
and while there is NOTHING wrong with wanting to improve your appearance show me somebody who says they don't want to look good and I will show you a liar
but do these transformations tell the whole story?
are you just being set up to fail? are these sustainable goals?
are the coaches that selling these 6-pack SECRETS and transformations doing you an injustice
the thing is, there is no secret, apart from hard work determination and a level of sacrifice and if your not ready for that level then you have to readjust your goals accordingly
to a more sustainable approach/goal instead of setting yourself up to fail.
IF you've been following for a while you will know we are all about a building a better relationship with food and regular exercise/movement and this is done with our simple PROVEN body & mind system
once you have this correct balance, a lifestyle if you will
you will then discover the aesthetics follow naturally
as the current group of men on the body & mind program are now discovering whilst achieving the best shape of their lives physically, mentally, and emotionally
SO, is it your fault that you/we chase such unrealistic goals? It comes down to what we're fed through the media with regards to these 'perfect bodies', take the cover models for example...
there is a fair amount of airbrushing used by the bigger magazines/companies and also these guys and girls don't walk around in that kind of shape every day of the year, once they have completed their 'transformation'
also its not overly healthy to have such a LOW-fat % as we need some fat to protect vital organs and so on (for another email) so these 'coaches' and those 'health mags' (they make a lot of their money through adverts) will manipulate especially when selling a product they will usually opt for very old BEFORE pictures. These pictures could possibly be as old as 5-10 years ago or perhaps to use a picture when they (client) were at their biggest.
A lot of these 'after' pics are taken after extreme calorie deficit 'diets' (yikes hate the word) just for the shoot and also a period of dehydration to become more vascular etc, similar to bodybuilder style strip downs. If you are a COMPETING bodybuilder then of course this is a requirement but this is still a form of yo-yo and isn't necessarily a healthy approach to SUSTAINABILITY and good health/wellness for your body and mind which the number one priority for the guys on our program
If you are obese and are in need of weight loss for your HEALTH then yes you will need to be calorie restrictive and also we should have training goal(s) and also a deadline for this goal because a goal without a deadline is just a dream and once you have achieved a smaller process goal this then takes you once step closer to your OVERALL goal whilst keeping you motivated.
also if you are a weight division athlete and need to be a set weight at a set time then again drastic measures maybe needed but for the everyday person looking at general health and fitness this isn't the best approach.
Your goals should be realistic and achievable (part of the SMART goal system)
SPECIFIC - I want to burn 2 inches of belly fat
MEASURABLE - 30-day deadline to monitor progress
ACHIEVABLE - burn 2 inches of belly fat is achievable because my guys do it regularly
REALISTIC - if you have a waist of 40 you won't reach a 6-pack in 30-days therefore this is unrealistic
TIME-BOUND - have a deadline for your goal - 30-days
just as we do for our 30-day outcomes in ALL areas of our lifestyle program, not just the 'physical' side because the results you desire for your body image come back to your mindset
once you eventually reached your SMART goal/outcome you will then keep the motivation to exercise regularly because if you have just achieved this outcome through sustainable approach then you will be more likely to continue with it for LIFE because achieving your ideal shape (and life) will take planning but once you have achieved it sustaining and maintaining is so much easier and this is what I mean by more likely to maintain it as you will have built a a better relationship with exercise and food instead of just letting it all go and falling back in to the same old ways?
final thought: consider giving regular exercise and healthy balanced sustainable eating at least 3 months and get used to the fact that this is your new LIFESTYLE and once you stop you'll go back to where you started.
It's a work that's never done, but it's so worth it!
Anton 'truth' Hedges
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