Consistency is Paramount
The biggest hurdle that many people fail to overcome in their fitness journey is not calories consumed, exercise routines, diet regimens or fat loss protocol. Rather gym enthusiasts want to believe it or not, the biggest battle you face is finding the willpower to be consistently consistent. What does this mean? In simple terms, one needs to develop the habit of holding themselves not only responsible, but showing up even when they simply don’t feel like it. Brandon Carter, a major figure within the fitness world, defines discipline as doing what you said you were going to do, regardless if you feel like it.
In the same regard, if you never train yourself to put in the effort in the gym and your diet even in the most painful moments, you will never hit your goals. Rather than trying to keep track of your calories or post update pictures–although these are important–decide to be a willpower machine! Put forth the mental fortitude to be responsible with your actions and perform under pressure. You will soon notice that fat simply falls off your body, muscle gets built and you become a better person because of this new-found habit.
Eat for Optimization
Rather you’re training for an upcoming marathon, a professional sporting event, or a combat sport, there are certain foods that need to be consumed to maximize your output. Many seasoned veterans within the fitness community know when to reach for the carbohydrates, or perhaps increase their healthy-fat intake, or even bump their calorie consumption. When you learn to mold your diet around the movements and actions you take within the gym and on the playing field, you become a machine. Although you won’t have metal arms, you will soon find yourself climbing to new heights and tackling new achievements.
As a rule of thumb, most of us will notice a significant increase in energy output when we ingest a higher amount of carbs on days that require more work. Bodybuilders and powerlifters, as an example, consume large quantities of carbs on leg day and back day. The theory behind this is that the carbohydrates are used by the body to transfer energy, nutrients and Oxygen more efficiently throughout the system. Properly gauge and tweak your diet to match your gym and activity sessions and you will experience performance that you never thought possible.