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Fitness Isn't As Easy As You Think

 Fitness Isn't As Easy As You Think

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Getting fit isn't as easy as you think.

There is one thing people love to do. Making excuses is one of them. The last thing people want to hear is someone making up a story.

That's why your friends won't tell you that you're making up stories. If you don't want to hear it and don't want to be mad at them, then they know that. That's why instead, they say that you're doing everything right, there's no one to blame, and it only takes a little work to be successful.

I'm not your friend, though. The internet is where I work as a fitness coach, and I don't care if you get mad at me. I'm also a jerk, but I don't care. So, here are a few truths about fitness that your friends won't be able to tell you.

The reason you don't have a fast metabolism is that you eat too much food.

As a result, people don't talk much about having fast or slow metabolisms. The metabolic rates of people don't change all that much between people. In fact, your metabolic rate tends to fall into a very small range. In fact, it almost has to fall into this range. If your metabolism slowed down a lot, you would die because your body wouldn't be able to keep itself alive. If, on the other hand, your metabolism was much faster, you should overheat.

People's metabolic rates, on the other hand, tend to be about 5% of each other when you take into account their total lean body mass. However, overweight people often underestimate how many calories they eat and overestimate how much exercise they do by 50% each. Slow metabolism is what you have right there.

Natural: You don't have the type of body that comes with being born that way.

It means that when people talk about their "natural" body type, they're talking about the body type that their genes tend to push them toward. When you look at your body type, it comes from a mix of genetics and diet, exercise, and other factors, like how much sleep you get and how much exposure to chemicals in the environment that affect hormone balance.

It's then natural for you to eat spaghetti and cereal. The way you usually live is for you to work all day at a desk. Not at all. Unless you live in a hunter-gatherer way of life, you don't have your natural body type. Who wants to do that anyway, anyway?

The whole world wants you to be like them.

There are a lot of people who are Christians and they want you to become one. Those who are socialists want you to be one. Rap music fans want you to like it. Those who do Crossfit want you to like it. They want you to be thin or fat.

It's a good idea to hang out with people who are in the same place as you are in their health, their job, and their personal lives. Then they'll try to stop you from changing, because they want you to stay the same as them. It's more difficult, but also more rewarding, to surround yourself with people who are where you want to be. People who will help you rise to their level will make it more difficult for you.

A lot of people get scared when they go to the gym. There's a right and a wrong way to deal with it.

There is a term for this: Gymtimidation. People who don't work out often feel intimidated by going to the gym. This is how Planet Fitness solves this problem: They tell you to stay away from people who are in better shape than you and stay with other people who aren't in shape. I explained why that's bad in the last section.

If you're healthy or have a lot of money, you might be scared, too. They just react in different ways. To avoid being intimidated, they use it to make themselves work harder and even see the intimidation as an example of how to be a better person.

You can run away from the gym the next time you feel scared. In order to look good in front of the other gym-goers, you can work even harder. They aren't, of course, paying attention to you at all. Keep in mind that you'll become more like the people around you, so don't think of the gym as scary and start thinking of the presence of healthy people there as a good thing.

How hard they work isn't something they want to tell you about.

What kind of diet does a skinny woman have? Most likely, she doesn't have one at all. She works out some, and she eats whatever she wants, but she tries to stay away from junk food. Well-dressed men will tell you that they just wear what they have in their closet. What happened when you start a business? Entrepreneurs will say that they just came up with an idea, started a business, and it took off somehow. All of them will lie.

There is one thing, though. It's not their fault they lie. because telling the truth makes people angry. On this article about Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen, there are a lot of people who are very angry about what they eat. It could also be this story about an entrepreneur who told people how he spent his time and became hated for it. Some people would rather hear that luck is the reason for success than a lot of hard work.

There are people who say that they didn't have to work very hard to get where they are now. Don't believe them. Because other people are jerks, they're lying. It takes a lot of work to get in great shape.

What brought you here won't bring you there.

My friends and coworkers always tell me that they started a new fitness program and made a lot of progress right away. Then they got discouraged when their progress slowed down. The truth is, your progress will slow down over time.

The reason is that exercise has a diminishing return. It takes longer for you to make progress when you get into better shape, and it takes more work to keep going. A lot of people can lose weight by cutting out sugary drinks. If you get your diet and exercise in order, you can probably lose up to 20 pounds a month. You might have to cut out almost all carbs and work out five days a week to lose the last five pounds.

In other words, you should expect your progress to slow down unless you keep up your efforts. If you went from 40% body fat to 30%, the diet and workouts you used to get there won't help you get down to 12%. It’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth the effort to get ripped, or you just want to settle for “better than average,” but it is relatively easy (physically, if not mentally) to at least not be obese.