“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life”.
– Quote from one of the greatest Entrepreneur/Inventor that ever lived – Steve Jobs.
Aside from questions like, “What’s the best diet to get lose weight?” the two other most common questions I hear are, “What to expect from the journey to getting a six pack?” and “How long does it take to get the six pack”.
Those last two questions get asked much more frequently than which diet to choose, what the best macronutrient ratios are, etc.
It seems like in a world of instant gratification today – the issue for most people is committing to the journey. With our logical brains, we try to predict the future – calculate the effort required and quantify the return on investment (time/energy/resource) before we have taken any action.
It’s natural to do this but its causes a lot of people to give up before they get lean enough to see their six pack.
The hardest thing about losing weight and getting lean is to keep doing the hard work when you don’t see any results. Having that belief that things will work out eventually is the most difficult part. And some people can’t accept that.
In the world we live in it seems like everything has to be calculated, controlled and predictable. Sadly, when it comes to our body we can’t pick where the body fat is going to off from, and for the most part, we can’t know exactly how long it will take us to get ripped unless we’ve done it 3-4 times.
You could be losing body fat from your lower back and your back for weeks before you notice any changes and because you’re only looking at the six pack – it seems like you’re not making any progress.
If you’re in a caloric deficit your body will lose body fat, it has no choice. That energy has to come from somewhere. If this is your first or second time trying to get lean and ripped, you’re probably wasting a lot of your energy and time on trying to predict the outcome instead of surrendering to the process.
After all, the process of managing your calories and macros, training to get stronger in the gym, proper sleep, eating high-quality unprocessed food most of the time, managing hunger and being consistent with this every single day is what eventually will compound itself into your transformation.
Think about when you were a little kid. How many times did you fall while learning to walk? You didn’t try to calculate how many falls it will take; you didn’t feel like a failure, and most importantly you didn’t give up.
There’s belief, keep getting up, keep trying. As a baby you knew it was possible, you see people around you walking. Similarly, you see people in great shape.
There have been thousands of successful transformations, some faster than the other. They all have one thing in common; the person kept putting in the work regardless of whether they saw the results or not.
They trusted the process.
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About the author:
Wilfred Paul is an Exercise Physiologist, PT & Weight Loss Consultant with a passion for helping people actualize their health & fitness goals. He is also a content writer for Forbes, Medical Daily & The Independent UK.