When fitness experts say fitness is a science, they aren’t joking. When they say that it involves 70% diet and 30% training they aren’t joking either. Maybe it’s time they are taken seriously.
To begin with, I personally think that there are 3 stages to getting fit or pursuing your fitness.
The Three Stages Of A Fitness Journey
The First Stage: Delusion
You get to the gym and think you’re doing enough just by putting in some physical activity. You also use that as an excuse to eat junk here and there. And you start considering yourself better off than most lazy people.
The Second Stage: Realisation
You then realise that you’re getting results but they’re not as great as you expected yet they’re just enough to keep you going. You want to speed up the process, and with a little research and social interaction you realise where you’re lacking – THE DIET.
So what do you do? You start by cutting out daily junk and eating healthy whenever possible. Results are better now, but you’re obviously hungry for more.
The Third Stage: Epiphany
People take years of training to get to this stage. For those who have a lot of discipline or a good mentor, it comes soon enough. What happens here is that you realise that your body is like a machine.
If you want consistent results, you need consistency in your diet and training. Unless you eat the same thing at the same time for a month or two you’re not going to be able to measure your progress accurately. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you follow a diet strictly without cheating more than once a week and keeping meal timings consistent.
What I’m trying to tell you is that you can fast track results, by skipping step 2 and getting to stage 3. Calculate your macros using apps like Myfitnesspal, and take an hour to formulate a simple diet that has enough carbs protein and fat and fits in a calorie count that you can maintain over the next couple of months.
If I need 2600 calories to maintain my body weight, I formulate a diet that has a total of 2200 calories a day. So, when I follow this deficit for the next month, I gain muscle because the protein content stays high. But, the calorie count is less and I end up losing fat. The key is simple – consistency.
You don’t even need to get that scientific. Counting calories is great but if you don’t have the time you can just chalk out a healthy looking meal plan for a day that keeps you satiated. At the same time, it should have enough protein and carbs to give you energy and fuel for the entire day.
Try it for a day, if you feel good and complete at the end of the day you document the meals and times, and follow the same thing for the next 30 days. Then measure yourself and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Training and sport are a science, and the best way forward is to follow a well-calculated, well-tracked routine. Try it and tell me how it goes!