Conclusion Let your results dictate your approach

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I always suggest letting your results dictate your strategy. If you can eat bagels and pasta all day long and get ripped, that's great - keep eating them. If you can eat 70% of your calories from carbohydrates and 20% from protein and you get leaner - great, keep eating all those carbohydrates. If you can eat heavy meals late at night and you still get leaner great - keep doing it. If you can get lean with just diet and almost no cardio at all - fine, don't do any cardio. The results you produce each week are the only true measure of whether you've made the right choices or not. If you're getting lean while breaking every rule in the book, then there's no reason to change. The ends justify the means, provided of course, that everything you're doing is good for your health.

Most important of all, once you discover an approach that works for you, DON'T FIX IT IF IT'S NOT BROKEN! Don't get locked into a single unbending approach like so many diet programs prescribe. You are a unique individual and no single approach could possibly work for everyone. If you find something that works for you, I'd suggest you disregard the comments of other people who disagree with what you're doing and that you judge your success only by your weekly progress.

By following this system - taking continuous action, getting constant feedback, being flexible, having an open mind and being willing to experiment, you will, through an evolutionary learning process, figure out your body type and develop your own personal formula very quickly. Once you've discovered your personal formula by using body composition measurement, performance feedback and progress charting, it will always be there for you for the rest of your life whenever you want to go back to it.

Chapter 5: Metabolic Individuality and Your Body Type: Doing Your Best With What You've Got

"Some people are born with the propensity to become fatter than others. There are naturally skinny ectomorphs and naturally fatter endormorphs. Some individuals are given more fat cells by heredity, some fewer. But the set point is affected by environment and behavior as well as heredity. You can vary your set point considerably depending on what and how you eat, as well as what kind and how much exercise you do."

- Neal Spruce, bodybuilder, author, speaker and founder of APEX fitness

"Whatever you have, you must make the most of it. Rest assured that you can transform yourself, no matter where you started from. The most important body part is the mind. With the will and know-how, you can perform near miracles."

- Stuart McRobert, author of "Brawn" No two people are exactly alike.

In the Declaration of Independence, it is written, "All men are created equal." This truism could be interpreted in different ways depending on the context: If you are referring - as Thomas Jefferson was - to unalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then virtually everyone would agree. However, if you're referring to physical and metabolic characteristics, then nothing could be further from the truth: It would be more correct to say that no two people are ever created equal.

There are 6.2 billion people on our planet today and no two are exactly the same. Just as individuals are born with various eye, hair and skin colors, people have also inherited different metabolic and physiological characteristics which influence how easily they can build muscle and lose body fat.

The classic example of metabolic individuality is when two people follow identical training and nutrition programs and one makes amazing progress while the other gets no results at all. This proves that no single program could possibly work for everyone. One of the biggest secrets of permanent fat loss is to develop the ability to recognize and understand the uniqueness of your physiology and adjust your nutrition and training accordingly instead of blindly following someone else.

There are four keys to understanding body types. The first is to learn how to recognize which is your predominant body type. The second key is to learn how to adjust your training and nutrition to fit your body type. The third key is to be patient, persistent and maintain a positive attitude as you work towards your goal. The fourth key is to assume responsibility for the outcome, for better or worse.

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