Helping you decide the best option. 
An open question to you; how many of you sit down and take the time to actually think about what it is you are trying to achieve with your body?  
I mean really think about it; think about how long you are willing to commit to the process; think about what the long term outcome should be; think about whether you are willing to do what it takes to get there?  
Every one of my new clients is asked to tick a box on my initial intake form– ‘Do you want Immediate Progress that is less easily maintained or Maintainable Progress that may not be as rapid’.  
In todays article I will delve deeper into the difference between these two similar terms and help you pick the right option for you. 
 
 
With the holiday season fast approaching, my inbox has been overloaded with people asking to work with me to get in shape ready for the Summer Beach.  
They have clearly seen the results that I have achieved in 6-12 weeks and decided to take-up the challenge to attain that perfect beach body they crave.  
It’s only when I go into what it actually takes to get these rapid results that they begin to realise that maybe it’s not for them, at least not this year. What they were actually expecting was being prescribed a magic 6-week transformation pill. 
 
So what does ‘Immediate Progress’ that is less maintainable (6-12 week transformations) actually involve? Well, for a start no matter how much you want this and how dedicated you are, sometimes your body just isn’t in a good place to achieve these rapid results.  
It’s important to recognise this at the start.  
In this situation, I won’t ever progress this further as I’ll never drive a client into the ground and risk their health for any transformation. 
But let’s get down to it, the truth is, if you are expecting these kind of results you WILL have to commit to it 100%. That means: 
 
Spending 30+ minutes each and every day cooking your meals 
Training 7 times a week (cardio or rest days) sometimes up to 90 minutes a day. 
Make sacrifices – not going to the pub, not eating out (unless a cheat meal is prescribed) 
Eat a diet that may be very restrictive 
Weigh out ALL YOUR FOOD 
Be prepared to feel hungry, tired and grumpy for the last 1-2 weeks. 
Eat all 5-6 meals prescribed without fail. 
Be 100% committed. 
 
 
They never tell you this in the magazines do they? They just show you the nice before and after pictures, but never delve into what the person went through to get there. Believe me, those people have had to be 100% committed to achieve what they have. If your first question to me is – when do I get a cheat meal, you aren’t ready for what is to come. 
 
So, why are short term transformations ‘less maintainable’? 
The simply answer is that you only tell yourself you have to stick to this way of eating for 6-12 weeks, and the results will last a lifetime. In reality you need to at least double that time frame. In order to maintain the results you will need to reverse diet, which means staying strict, and slowly increasing your calories, back to your baseline. I say slowly as you want to gain as little fat as possible. Again, no one tells you this. Instead, once you have the amazing pictures and your will power has been pushed to the limit you end up on a 2-week holiday binge and come back looking the same as when you started the transformation. You can keep your transformation body, and walk around like that 24/7, you just need to be told how, and realise it will take longer than the 6-12 weeks advertised. 
 
These transformations also don’t teach you how to change your eating habits long term, they are almost always pushed as short term plans to deliver amazing results. In reality, if you want to keep the results, you need to lean to change your eating habits permanently, otherwise you will go straight back into your old ways the first opportunity you get. 
 
It is for this reason that I prefer the more relaxed ‘Maintainable Progress’ route for most people who come to see me, particularly those who have a little bit extra fat to lose. These transformations normally take 6-24 months, which may seem like a long time, but if you have spent 20+ years of your life eating and living a certain way, you are kidding yourself if you think you can just change your habits and way of life overnight. 
 
By slowly changing your habits and changing your LIFESTYLE you not only create the body you have always wanted, but you do it at a pace that teaches you how to maintain it for good. I’ve had clients lose 25kg+ (55lbs), totally changing how they look, and I promise you they will never ever go back to how they were. The process to drop that unwanted weight has taken them so long, and they have invested so much time, money and effort into it that for them to ever go back to their old ways is unthinkable. 
 
 
This way of thinking may not seem glamorous, however, you have to ask yourself, do you want to drop the weight and put it back on, or take the time to lose it for good?  
I hope now you can see how these 12 week transformations can actually become maintainable; but simply changing the name to 24 week transformations has added value as those extra 3 months allow the education of people on how to actually keep their results in the real world. 
 
Taking the time to get the results allows you to: 
 
Eat a less restricted diet (still eating natural whole foods, just more choice) 
Less pressure 
More room for initial mistakes (bedding in period) 
Learn what works for you and your schedule 
Enjoy more meals out with friends and family (within reason still!) 
Not have to sacrifice as much 
 
 
The amazing results you see on TV, magazines and on social media are achievable, and you can keep these changes for life!  
However, I would strongly encourage you to really think about how much you are willing to sacrifice to get the body you want,  
and if it’s actually just an amazing picture you are after, or something that you can keep for life. 
 
 
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