Podcast #19: Having Realistic Expectations when it comes to Weight Loss
How many of us can relate to the above meme? I know I can.
But we often forget that it’s a LOT easier to GAIN extra body fat than it is to LOSE it. And despite living in a world of wanting instant results and instant gratification (thanks Instagram…) it’s important to give ourselves a reality check every once in a while (or slap upside the head…) and remember that it probably didn’t take you 12 weeks to gain your extra body fat. So how can any of us possibly expect that it’s all going to magically disappear in 12 short weeks?!
So I’m really excited to share this week’s podcast episode!
And it’s an absolute MUST LISTEN for any fitness competitor or aspiring physique competitor or anyone who’s stuck in a diet or weight loss “rut.”
Thanks to my years of bikini competing, I know I’m certainly guilty of always comparing my fluffier, well-fed, off-season body to my lean & svelte (mind you, hungry & depleted) stage body. And I’m pretty sure that almost all of us (competitor or not) have at some point, yearned to resemble the younger version of ourselves or the skinniest version. Am I right?
Unfortunately, many factors such as genetics and lifestyle choices can certainly get in the way of achieving our desired weight loss. And yes, it totally sucks that our metabolism does slow down over time and my vegan coaching packages do NOT include a time machine. But thankfully, through resistance training and being CONSISTENT with our training and healthy eating, we can build muscle mass and lose body fat and literally slow down the aging process! 🙂
So this week on the podcast, we’re covering all kinds of juicy bodybuilding and body fat topics!
We discuss how weight training can help reverse aging (oh yes!) and how fitness competing and “prep life” can seriously mess with your head.
PLUS we’re covering what a realistic, healthy and attainable body fat percentage looks like (both on and off season) and why your body fat does not and should not ever define YOU.
And we delve into the dangers of having too LOW of a body fat percentage and why I’ve always been an advocate for planned, weekly “cheat meals” when it comes to weight loss.
I think there’s a lot of good shit in this episode but I might be biased… So give it a listen for yourself and let me know if you agree. 🙂
-Sam Shorkey, Jacked on the Beanstalk