There are a lot of factors at play to get good results in the gym.
At the training also.
As if that wasn't enough, the time and quality of your rest is also essential and there are still supplements.
It's hard not to get confused amidst so many factors.
But there is one more important than all the others and one that will influence them too.
What is this factor and what rule are we talking about?
The most important factor in a diet and training
What is this factor?
The most important factor in getting the results you want in the gym has a name.
It is also often relegated to the background. Sometimes it's not even considered.
It's called consistency.
The most important factor in the success of any diet, workout or plan you follow is consistency.
It sounds simple, but is it that simple?
Cristiano Ronaldo answers.
Imagine Cristiano Ronaldo when he was a kid.
At first, he started by playing football with his friends whenever he felt like it and without much rigor.
The time spent in this hobby began to increase, as did the rigor with entering football at club level.
However, he was not only becoming a better player, he was also changing to more and more competitive and demanding clubs.
Training was increasingly disciplined and rigorous.
At a competitive level it also became more intense.
Eventually, diet began to play a key role in your daily life, in addition to training and games.
Nowadays, everything is extremely demanding and precisely measured in order to not only maintain your level but also improve.
The entire process was done gradually and consistently.
Now imagine that all this started in reverse.
Imagine Cristiano Ronaldo at the beginning following everything he is currently doing.
The intense training, the rigorous diet, the extremely competitive games.
Do you think I could?
Would it be consistent?
Although the diet, training and routines have changed, what has always remained is consistency.
Looks like it worked.
The consistency in the diet
You're not satisfied with your current physical shape, so you decide to follow the super plan of a professional athlete who has the body you want.
You found your plan on the internet and you are determined, although it is an extreme change from what you are currently doing.
Even though the number of meals doesn't fit well with your schedule, you've decided.
You don't like half the food this athlete uses, but you're willing to make the sacrifice.
You want drastic changes, so you need a diet to match.
It will not work.
For a diet to work, it needs to fit your schedule, it needs to match your preferences and it needs to be viable in the long term.
Otherwise the odds of giving up quickly are high. Very tall.
And if you give up, there goes consistency.
Consistency in training
New Year New Life.
It's now in 2018 that you'll get your dream body, right?
For that you need an intense workout.
Your current three-week workout plan isn't working. Or maybe you haven't trained for a good few months now.
It doesn't matter, you still know where the gym is.
Something like five weekly workouts with immense volume and intensity just like your idol is the way forward.
Or maybe not.
Like the diet, training must adapt to you.
If you know it's very unlikely that you'll be able to visit the gym five times week after week, is that a good idea?
If you know that you regularly have days when it's impossible for you to go to the gym, would it make sense to ignore this factor?
What's the solution?
The solution is above all to be realistic.
The first thing you should be aware of when starting a diet and training is consistency.
In the long run, how often do you think you can consistently go to the gym?
It's easy the first week to say every day.
But what about three months from now, can you say the same?
Will it not interfere with your professional life?
Or disrupt any other area of your life that you consider important.
If the answer is three workouts a week, build your plan around three workouts a week. Not five.
What about food?
What foods do you like and what foods do you hate?
Do you think you can only eat chicken and broccoli every day for months?
Or would it be more sustainable to diversify your diet a little and gradually adapt?
Or just eat four meals instead of seven if that's what fits best in your daily life.
This doesn't mean that there shouldn't be some sacrifices.
It doesn't mean that you just go to the gym once a week and eat only delicious foods.
Effortless consistency won't get you far.
But if there are sacrifices, they will be smaller and necessary, and above all, implemented gradually and thinking in the long term.
You can't get good results in the gym without effort.
In the same way that you cannot do it without consistency.
What you should do is find the balance between the two for your specific situation.
Plan realistically so that you can stick to your plan for the long term. Create habits.
It's in the long run that the results show up. Not in a week or a month.
There are a few more things that will help you get good results and the article The 7 habits for success in the gym tell you what they are.