The truth about those 'body image' style transformations?
Above - My thoughts on the 'transformations' approach. Why? Read on and all will be revealed...
It's usually around this time of the year people are thinking about 'transforming' in the new year 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 it's also very exciting No, it's about those quick fix 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 about HEALTH AND LONGEVITY
We are ALSO about a building a better relationship with food and regular exercise/movement and this is done with our simple PROVEN 5-pillar system
Once you have this correct balance, a lifestyle if you will
You will then discover the aesthetics follow naturally
As the all the guys (& gals) using this system are now discovering and with rapid results
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 life' syndrome where people FILTER their lives, status and happiness
and same deal with these 'perfect bodies' that you see fitness professionals promote/filter adding to the people that physical and mental health issues
instead of promoting 'normal bodies' - which is what is wrong with this industry
Health and fitness industry anyone, 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 or WORST 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 shreds and strip downs. This is NOT about HEALTH or Fitness! 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 I work with...
I've talked about 'the usual' before about the majority of guys (& gals) I work with are busy professionals with family who usually dislike the gym environment but they want to take back control of their bodies, fitness, and yes, appearance
They want to tone up through building strength (we incorporate usable strength - different blog) and lose weight - which means body fat - lose the belly and remove those annoying aches and pains (back pain being the most common) that are actually caused from everyday imbalances from occupational activities and recreational...back to isolated gym workouts and machines that dictate your natural movement patterns
Therefore, they want to build and sustain a strong pain free body that not only looks but also feels great and fast without hours of beasting in the gym (speeding up the ageing process) and boring restrictive diets
Enter the 5-pillar system - Once this is achieved,as it all depends on where you are starting from, some of these guys may want to then go a bit further just to see what they can FULLY achieve aesthetically, which is why I have guys in their 50's who have abs, however this is still done with the correct balance of that physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing
Not stripping, shredding, bulking and yo-yoing that is not our thing
Also having clarity on what you want and why..
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.
If you are just starting out from a sedentary lifestyle and want to just improve your overall fitness (health) and wellbeing then the very LAST thing you need is MASSIVE action, standard coaches go to quote, because this kind of one extreme to the other action isn't sustainable.
Setting big goals and restrictive diets will make you miserable which will then lead to giving up again
Right now, your GOAL should just be to actually do the 3 weekly walks, run, walkouts etc consistently for the first 4 weeks
(whilst educating and just attempting to eat a little better)
We've been through this in the 'Are your goals holding you back' post that you can find in the contents section
If you are a bit more experienced and have FULL clarity then great, however, your goals should still be realistic and achievable
(part of the SMART goal system)
Below is an example of some of the guys using the online group
SPECIFIC - I want to burn 2 inches 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 monthly 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 = taking responsibility
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
PS - Interested to learn more about the 5-pillar system
And healthy balanced sustainable/enjoyable eating
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