We’ve all been there: after putting hours in at the gym every night, keeping all of your bad-for-you-but-hard-to-resist food under lock and key, and diligently counting calories, you stand in front of the mirror and curse the fitness gods for not rewarding all of your hard work with six-pack abs. Your body fat percentage is still too high, or you just aren’t building enough muscle to get the lean, sculpted body of your dreams.
If at first you don’t succeed, try a different approach!
Everyone has a different body type, a different metabolism, a different lifestyle, and yet when the time comes to start looking into how to get fit, a lot of people run to chain department stores and buy a prepackaged workout regime. If it worked for this guy or that woman, it’ll work for you, too. The problem with that logic is that there is no “standard” when it comes to human beings, and so you can’t expect to get the best results by going with an approach that doesn’t take YOU into account.
If you aren’t getting the kind of results you were hoping for with a “standard” workout and nutrition plan, you might want to consider developing a personal fitness plan that incorporates a well-balanced diet custom-tailored to give your body exactly what it needs, developed according to your specific goals. Do you want to lose weight? Lots of cardio in conjunction with a low fat, low carb diet might be your ticket to a slimmer you. Do you want to build a lean, muscular body? Resistance bands or weight lifting, a healthy dose of cardio, and a high protein diet is the way to go. If you want to take it a step further, you can even choose your workout for any given day that will best suit your mood that day.
The problem with tweaking your diet to help you reach your fitness goals: unless you’re locked in your kitchen all day long, getting the kind of healthy, balanced meals you need when you need them can be even more of a struggle than doing that extra two minutes on the arc trainer.
Preparation is Key
In today’s fast-paced society, it has become commonplace to run out to the closest fast-food joint or pop something into the microwave when meal time comes around. Who has time to cook a meal anyway? Unfortunately, unless you have the healthy meals you need with you when you need them, you’re probably going to get off track with your diet – and all the exercise in the world can’t make up for an unhealthy diet. A commentary on the importance of a good diet in addition to exercise can be found in the US National Library of Medicine.
Six Pack Bags
If a good diet in conjunction with your vigorous exercise regime will guarantee the body you’ve been dreaming of, and if staying on-track can make the difference between fitness and fatness, why not just take the safest route and keep your healthy meals with you so that, no matter where you wind up in the course of a busy day, you can rest assured that you won’t have to turn to fast-food or that microwave burrito when your stomach starts growling? After all, if six pack abs are made in the kitchen, doesn’t it make sense to bring the kitchen with you wherever you go?
You can have the body you want. If you can stay motivated, maintain a healthy diet, and put in the effort to create a fun, sustainable workout routine, nothing will be able to stand between you and even the loftiest fitness goals you set for yourself.