She looks sooo good & eats whatever she wants.
It’s not uncommon for someone to step into my office and state that their goal is to get ripped/toned/look like a supermodel by a big event they have in…two point five weeks.
I gently start asking questions and using words like “sustainable” and “expectations”. And in return?
I often get a blank stare followed by, “But what about so-and-so? She looks sooo good and eats whatever she wants.”
This isn’t the client’s fault. It’s media’s fault. It’s culture’s fault. The incessant photo shopped images of people who get paid to diet and exercise for months, then intentionally and strategically dehydrate themselves, all to get ready for a single photo shoot. A photo shoot that will produce a handful of “quality” images that are then edited, buffed and filtered for hours before they show up on your favorite magazine with a sexy tagline slapped across the front that reads something ludicrous and has absolutely nothing to do with what it actually took to get in that kind of shape.
In my experience, it’s the expectation that things will be easy or will happen fast that gets us in trouble.
Sure. There are people who are naturally very lean and muscular (and tan…that helps too) who seemingly, eat whatever they want. We all know plenty of people who look fab in a bathing suit and consistently eat like a 5 year old. Maybe they are genetically gifted with a Hulk-like metabolism, maybe their hormone profile is awesome, or maybe they have an eating disorder you know nothing about.
STOP COMARING yourself to these people.
Most of us are not those people. Most of us are people who need to work at our goals – likely for longer than two point five weeks. Could you get faster results by using extreme caloric restriction and insane amounts of exercise? Sure. Is it healthy? No. Is it maintainable long-term? No.
If that’s what you’re looking for – deprivation and restriction – I won’t be the one to advocate for it. But there are plenty of other people in the “health”/fitness community who will.
I will advocate for finding the right amount of food for you, the right kinds of food for you, and the right amount and type of exercise to get you to your goals and then whatever comes next. It will likely take longer than two point five weeks but if the path that gets you there is sustainable, isn’t adjusting your expected timetable worth lifetime satisfaction?
It’s time to start questioning the ludicrous body composition goals, unattainable time tables and unrealistic expectations.
It’s time to start believing that you can earn your results.
Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.