I get clients coming to see me wanting to drop body fat that have been ‘training’ and ‘dieting’ for a few years without seeing much progress. I look at their current and previous diet and training plans to see what they’ve been doing and why they aren’t progressing like they should be because they’re telling me they train 6 days per week at a really high intensity and they’ve been dieting for around 3 years. Surely if they’re doing all of this then they would be seeing some results by now.
If this sounds like you then read on…
They are rarely a fan of my response – you aren’t training hard enough and you aren’t dieting at all.
You can’t ‘diet’ Monday through to Friday arvo and then smash alcohol and ‘shit’ food Friday night to Sunday and think you’re ‘dieting’. The same goes for your training, if you spend more time resting, checking in on Facebook and finding out what Snapchat filter makes you look the fittest then you are not training anywhere near hard enough.
Here is what you need to do:
Be honest with yourself and your coach – if you binged on the weekend you need to come clean so you can figure out why and address it, if you don’t break a sweat because you triple your rest period and reduce your weights then again be honest so your coach can address it for you.
Have a plan – don’t try to lose weight by just cutting calories and upping your cardio. Look at your lifestyle, find the holes and fix it one step at a time.
Understand the process – I can’t stress this point enough, training for fat loss is hard, you may throw up, your legs will be on fire, you can’t eat 10 donuts every day and smash a 6 pack when you get home. Make sure your coach explains to you what is going to happen and what you can expect.
Check and then check again – find a way other than the scales to measure your progress – skin folds, DEXA scan, circumferences, pictures, ect. How do you know what to change otherwise?
Don’t keep living in denial; if you aren’t seeing results then you are probably doing something wrong. Stop the excuses and bullshitting to yourself and everyone else, get a coach that knows what they’re doing and start seeing some real results.