When I first started my journey to lose weight and get in shape; I knew very little about fitness. My lack of basic knowledge when it comes to getting fit cost me time, money, and effort. I made many mistakes because I did not invest the time to learn about exercise and diet. So I will now let you guys know the 5 things I wish I knew when I started my fitness journey.
You cannot outwork a bad diet
I used to go workout like a madman 5-6 times a week for about 2 hours. Then I would go home and eat a couple of slices of pizza, or maybe a hamburger…etc. Basically my diet was still shit. I believed that if I worked out hard enough that I would be able to eat like crap and still lose weight. Obviously, this was not the case. It seems like common sense, however, many people believe this. So FYI, you cannot outwork a bad diet.
It’s a lifestyle
When I started working out and dieting; I used to believe that it was going to be an 8-12 week journey. I believed this because that’s how diets and workout programs were designed. This led me to make many short-term decisions that would not be maintainable for me in the long run. Once I figured out that being fit and healthy is a life-long commitment I was able to choose the proper diet and exercise program. This took me YEEEEEAAAAARRRRSSS to understand this, hopefully, you can understand this now and save years of time.
Keeping it simple is always best
At first, I always looked for the most complicated diets and exercises. The more complicated and difficult it is, the better it must be. I was wrong and stupid! I was making things harder on myself. Eventually, I got tired of these impossible to follow regimens. I got fed up and decided to follow a simple diet. Boy, this was one of the best decisions I ever made. If you are currently on or looking for something complicated to follow, DON’T! Keep it simple. Trust me.
Have a cheat meal
It seems like everyone goes on a super strict diet where nothing delicious is ever allowed. I am no exception. I ate no junk food, snacks, or any of my mom’s home-cooked meals ☹. Even though I was losing weight and getting results; I was miserable. Eating is a social event. I skipped eating out on the weekends with my family friends because I was strict on my diet. After about 3 weeks, I finally broke and started to have a cheat meal on the weekends with my friends. I felt I was sane again lol. Not only did I get my sanity back, but it did not really affect my weight loss. Now I have cheat meals in all my own diet programs and so should you!
Stop listening to people
At first, I would listen to everyone at the gym about dieting and losing weight. For some strange reason, I felt like they knew what they were talking about. Then one day I decided to ignore everyone.
When people noticed that I was getting in shape; boy did everyone have even more advice to give me. I never asked for any, but I guess people felt the need to give me some. I noticed something interesting though. These people were not in shape and their advice was just wrong. Such as do not eat fruit, too much meat is bad, protein powder makes you fat, and blah blah blah. I simply nodded my head, thanked them for their unwanted help, and ignored them haha. Now I am not saying that everyone gives bad advice; I am just saying that you should be careful whom you listen to.
These are the 5 things I wish I knew when I started my fitness journey. If I had known these things, I would have saved years of time and effort. Hopefully, you read this and you can save yourself time and effort. Remember it is POSSIBLE to get fit and healthy.