It’s not exactly harmless to pursue looks as a means to fitness. It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and an unfortunate number of times, a lot of dirty stuff to get to achieve those looks that are plastered on fitness rags. That said, there are definitely success stories you can find where people get fit and looking fine with healthy methods and ambitions, and with a religious diligence. Here are the five essential steps to get fit and pursue your fitness goals.
- Keeping a Calorie Deficit
I’m assuming you have a good healthy BMI. In order to get your muscles developing at a good rate, you’re hopefully working out adequately. But just burning your calories isn’t all you need to do; whether you want to get rid of subcutaneous fat and get in shape, or melt some muscle fat for muscle definition, it is also essential to eat less calories than you burn in your day.
This pushes your body to consume your body’s fat and glycogen reserves. Note that exercising is also essential with eating less calories, because you want to tone your body as the fat is being consumed from underneath.
- Lifting Weights
Nothing works like lifting weights. The supreme mode of lifting is a deadlift, which is really tough to do, since it requires a lot of muscles well trained and synchronised. But that’s not something you jump into when the slightest muscle definition pops us. There are other lifts you can attempt first. Ask a properly qualified trainer for guidance and use the right gym equipments like rowing machines, adjustable weight benches and treadmills.
- Increase Muscle, Step by Step
Many people eat a huge deal of food to bulk up first, promising to sweat it out and get magical results. Only, that never happens. You don’t need to bulk up to the weight of a truck before beginning working out. Chances are, you won’t start working out at all. A better plan is to bulk up a little, then exercise and lose that fat to gain more muscle. Repeating this step by step can put you under less stress, and have you looking amazing while you’re in the process of getting even better.
- Avoid Starvation Mode
An important thing to keep in mind is that eating too little can slow down your body’s metabolism, and thus burn less calories than it ordinarily does. This is when your body perceives a lack of food big enough to threaten your health.
Usually, this is anywhere above 20-25% of your daily calorie consumption. It is essential to check your calorie consumption in a day, since it changes with your body weight, activity and similar factors that can change when you get into the fitness lifestyle.
- Positive Attitude
It is tough to maintain the standards you set for yourself, and it is understandable; nobody can truthfully say they have never faltered. But there is really no stopping the ones who know how to forgive their faults and work to better themselves.
Whether that be a fitness regime or a diet plan, it is ok if you miss a step, get mesmerised by what isn’t good for you and give in to temptation. A positive attitude will keep you going despite what shortcomings come your way, and it makes all the difference between an average looking bloke and a fitness model.