There are a lot of factors at play to achieve good results in the gym.
In training too.
As if that were not enough, the time and quality of your rest is also essential and there are still supplements.
It is difficult not to be confused in the midst of so many factors.
But there is one more important than all the others and that will influence them as well.
What factor is that and what rule are we talking about?
The most important factor in a diet and training
What factor is that?
The most important factor in achieving the results you want in the gym has a name.
It is also often relegated to the background. Sometimes it is not even considered.
It's called consistency.
The most important factor for the success of any diet, training or plan you follow is consistency.
It sounds simple, but is it really that simple?
Cristiano Ronaldo responds.
Imagine Cristiano Ronaldo when he was a kid.
At first, he started playing football with friends when 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, but also moving to increasingly competitive and demanding clubs.
The training was increasingly disciplined and rigorous.
At a competitive level it also became more intense.
Eventually the diet also started to play a fundamental role in your daily life in addition to training and games.
Nowadays everything is extremely demanding and measured with precision to achieve not only maintaining its level but also improving.
The whole process was done gradually and consistently.
Now imagine that it all started backwards.
Imagine Cristiano Ronaldo at the beginning following everything he does today.
Intense training, strict food, extremely competitive games.
Do you think you could do it?
Would it be consistent?
Despite the diet, training and routines have changed, consistency has always been maintained.
It seems to have given results.
Consistency in the diet
You are 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 have found your plan on the internet and you are determined, despite being an extreme change from what you are currently doing.
Although the number of meals does not fit well with your schedule, you are decided.
You don't like half the food this athlete uses, but you are willing to make the sacrifice.
You want drastic changes, so you need a matching diet.
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 run.
Otherwise the chances of quitting quickly are high. Very tall.
And if you give up, there goes consistency.
Consistency in training
New Year New Life.
It is now in 2018 that you will achieve your dream body, right?
For that you need an intense training.
Your current three weekly training plan is not working. Or maybe you haven't been training for a good few months.
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 to go.
Or maybe not.
Like the diet, training should adapt to you.
If you know that it is very unlikely that you will be able to visit the gym five times week after week, is it a good idea?
If you know that you regularly have days when it is impossible for you to go to the gym, does it make sense to ignore this factor?
What's the solution?
The solution is above all to be realistic.
The first thing to keep in mind 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 in the first week to say it every day.
But what about three months from now, can you say the same?
Will it not interfere with your professional life?
Or disturb any other area of your life that you consider important.
If the answer is three weekly workouts, build your plan around three weekly workouts. Not five.
What about food?
What foods do you like and what do you hate?
Do you think you can eat just chicken and broccoli every day for months?
Or would it be more sustainable to diversify your diet a little and gradually adapt?
Or eat just four meals instead of seven if that's what fits your day.
This does not mean that there must be some sacrifices.
It does not mean that just going to the gym once a week and eating only delicious foods.
Effortless consistency won't get you far.
But if there are sacrifices, they will be minor and necessary, and above all, implemented gradually and with long-term thinking.
You can't get good results in the gym without effort.
In the same way that they cannot be achieved without consistency.
What you should do is to find the balance between both for your specific situation.
Plan realistically so that you can keep your plan for the long term. Creates habits.
It is in the long run that the results appear. 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 tells you what they are.