Fitness professionals, and advocates are "enthusiastic"! That's great, as enthusiasm is inspirational, and motivational. Enthusiasm drives adherence, an pushes people toward progression. Adherence and progression are the two biggest keys to success. You have to train and eat cleanly MOST of the time to see real results. But what you don't have to do is stay "perfect".
Moderation is key... Not obsession, not perfection, but also not a "hobbyist" mentality.
Much of what we see out of fitness culture talks about "killing yourself" in a gym session, "crushing" workouts, and borderline obsessive measuring and weighing of food. To a degree, even Lisa and I are guilty of this on occasion, but I want to stress in this blog post the importance of BALANCE and moderation. Many people are on the fence about fitness. Is it WORTH the effort? Many have tried unsuccessfully multiple times, and simply look at it as "not their thing", "too hard", or see fitness as "black or white" where you're either all-in or all-OUT.
Honestly... as long as the new-to-fitness person is honest with themselves about their expectations, and understands what level they need to dive in at... there is a comfortable, manageable level of fitness and nutrition for all. If your goal is to compete, or just look like you could compete... the level of dedication must be commensurate with the goal. You simply can't wander into a gym a few times per week, and do a little of this and a little of that, while eye-balling portion sizes and "cleaning up" your diet. It's not going to happen. On the other hand, if your fitness and nutrition goals are to simply drop your cholesterol, shave a few points off you blood pressure, and look a little better in your favorite clothes... Pounding away 6 days per week for 2 hour sessions, and weighing and measuring every portion is NOT at all required.
The problem lies in the HUGE gap between what the "weight loss industry" advertises and promises (without any accountability), and what fitness fanatics post and talk about and brag about, to their non-training friends and acquaintances.
Quite simply, there is no magic shake, pill, or 7-minute workout that's going to get you ANYWHERE fitness-wise. These are all lies that make achievable seem "too easy". There's also no "bad foods", "required training style", or "exact macro count for your blood type" that you MUST follow, or MISERABLY FAIL!
Some where between these two extremes is the answer for most folks. Tracking your food intake is critical, MOST of the time, to see serious results, but the occasional cheeseburger won't negate everything you tracked for the last four days. Exercise with intensity and progression is required MOST days of the week to get in great shape, but 10+ hours in the gym, like a part-time job, is NOT!
Your best bet is to find a pro, like us, or other quality trainers, to get you started with a realistic program, a realistic diet, and a realistic set of goals!
To find your fitness and nutrition "balance"... Give us a call.