There is a lot to learn when you decide to follow a training and nutrition plan. Besides learning how to train and how to use nutrition to reach your goals, I cannot stress to you how important it is to learn to be consistent.
When it comes to getting results from your training and nutrition, consistency is everything.
I can speak from experience here. I’ve been a gym goer for about 20 years plus, and it’s only in the last 4 years that I have seen the results I want, and that’s because I realised I had to be consistent with both my training plan and my nutrition.
Just to prove consistency works, the photographs of me below show what I achieved by being consistent. The photos are taken just 7 months apart.
In my early gym days I would give it all or nothing. I would do different classes, do a bit in the gym, but basically I had no set plan. I followed the latest diet fad in the hope that it would work. I didn’t get the results I wanted, what I did get was unhealthily thin whilst my actual body shape remained unchanged. So I would get fed up and believe that nothing was ever going to work, and that I wasn’t capable of changing.
Does any of that sound familiar?
My problem wasn’t down to lack of effort, or not having a goal in mind, it was due to inconsistency in what I was doing. I just didn’t stick at anything long enough for it to work.
With anything we do in life, we will not achieve success if we don’t work at it, and an exercise and nutrition plan is no different. You can have the best trainer in the world and the best diet to follow, but it you don’t stick with it you’ll end up feeling like your just spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast.
I’m not implying that you need to be perfect 100% of the time, that would just be setting up for a fall, but you need to follow a programme the best you can for most of the time.
Losing fat, building strength and muscle is a marathon not a sprint. Regular sessions of two or three times a week, consistently, will provide long term benefits in fitness, strength and health. Of course, there will be days when you just don’t feel like it. I have days like this, but I can guarantee I always feel better afterwards.
Effort and intensity are nothing without consistency. Don’t miss a session and then have a mega session to make up for it. It doesn’t work like that. All you’ll do is make yourself feel so sore you can’t work out for a week. Just train consistently and keep plugging away at it.
Here are a few tips to help with staying consistent;
Once you start making progress and see the results you are working hard for you will be motivated to strive for more.
The longer you stick with something the better you get!