Building the Ideal Body: The Importance of Patience With Nutrition & Training

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When it comes to improving your body, patience plays an important role in your quest to reach your goals.

Patience has been called a virtue and for good reason. Having a lack of patience can lead to overwhelming frustration, loss of motivation and poor or unsatisfactory results. The ability to remain patient through the process will allow you to stay motivated and tolerate the difficulties we all encounter.

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Successfully reaching your goals and improving your body will be a rewarding process that requires hard and difficult work. Numerous opportunities will present themselves that can frustrate new and experienced trainees alike. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed to the point that you get discouraged when things get difficult.

Patience, the ability to be patient, has been defined as such:

Steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity. 

You will encounter plenty of opposition, difficulty and adversity in your journey to improve your body. It is vital that you overcome each of these as you push yourself in the kitchen and the gym. The worst thing you can do is to get frustrated and give up; patience will give you the strength to stay on track through the difficult times.

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Have Patience With Your Nutritional Strategy

Changing your eating habits is a frustrating and challenging thing to do. Some of your favorite foods will have to be eaten in far fewer quantities, if at all – at first. The difficulties of altering your nutritional intake will present themselves immediately but the benefits take longer to see.

Most people discover they have been eating significantly more than their body requires and must adapt to eating far fewer calories per day. Learning about and consuming the proper quality of calories can be frustrating as you learn how to properly fuel yourself. It takes time for the body to adapt and respond to proper nutrition and exercise.

Nothing is going to change overnight and significant improvement is a result of several small changes over time. Don’t fall for trendy diets or programs that tout complete body transformations instantly; 30 (or 60 and 90) day transformations are not realistic. Most likely the body you want to change was not fueled properly for quite a while and it will take time to reverse and improve the situation.

Have patience with your nutritional strategy and give it time to work. Your eating habits will improve as you learn to eat correctly and your commitment to continue will strengthen as you begin to see results.

You will learn how to incorporate the foods you like into your diet as you get a firm understanding of proper nutrition and how your body responds. Allow your nutritional approach ample time to succeed; the longer you fuel yourself properly, the longer your body has to improve.

Have Patience With Your Training Program

Ideal bodyMake the most of your time in the gym and remember that nothing worth having comes easy. The ability to alter photographs with various tools and social media often gives people unrealistic expectations for the time it takes to change their bodies. There is no magic exercise program that instantly transforms the body into a work of art overnight.

Believe in your training programs and do your best to stick with them. Your training programs will change and evolve over time, increasing in difficulty to remain challenging.

Building strength, reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass all require hard work to be performed consistently over time. Every bodybuilder, powerlifter and strongman that has been successful has done so by constantly improving themselves with progressively challenging approaches; none of them achieved their strength and physiques overnight. Neither will anyone else.

Remember, significant improvement is a result of several small changes over time. Strength needs time to increase, muscle needs time to accumulate, and the body requires time to burn fat. Your body needs time to adjust to the stimulus it receives from any program.

Give your program enough time to produce results. Evaluate your progress from when you started the program until you finished it instead of from one workout to the next so you can judge the entire program.

Eliminate the temptation to try every workout that claims to be the newest or the best. You can try all the programs you want over time but do your best to perform them for the suggested time period to achieve the desired results.

Have Patience With Yourself

Being patient with your nutrition and your training program are important but you will also have to be patient with yourself. Understand that you will have setbacks on your journey to improve yourself. Having a nutritional strategy and an exercise program is one thing; following the strategy and program is another.

Your nutritional strategy will work when followed correctly but it is extremely difficult to follow that strategy at all times, especially when initially changing your eating habits. While the challenges of exercise usually subside when we leave the gym, appetite control is an ongoing situation.

Foods that are high in sugars and fats often taste better than foods that don’t; eating less calories than usual is never fun. Don’t be too surprised or overly frustrated at the fact that you have a hard time sticking to your calories and macros at first.

This happens to everyone as they alter their eating habits and we all eat things that we probably shouldn’t from time to time. Realize and acknowledge the fact that you will occasionally stray from your diet and know that it is not the end of the world when you do.

Do your best to stick with your diet and know that you can still reach your goals even if you stray from time to time. Incorporate a cheat meal or cheat day into your diet to reward yourself for eating correctly the majority of your meals. Your food cravings will change after you’ve altered your eating habits and you will find a way to work almost every food into your diet as you become more knowledgeable about nutrition.

Your training program, just like your nutritional strategy, provides an excellent road map to follow on your path to success but you must actually perform the program for it to work. Pushing yourself to your physical limits in the gym is a difficult task, doing it repeatedly makes it even harder. Keep yourself motivated to ensure that you will consistently show up to your training sessions.

Ignore that voice in your head that tells you that its ok to skip a session but remember that missing a session does not negate all your progress or cause you to start over from scratch. Commit yourself to performing your sessions but understand that life can sometimes cause you to miss out every now and then. Getting to the gym is one thing, following the exercises as listed can present another difficulty.

Sometimes the weights seem to feel heavier than others and you may not be able to use the listed weights or repetitions. Fatigue, soreness and injuries can prevent you from performing your session exactly as planned. This doesn’t mean you should end the session or give up, do the best you can for that session and regroup for the next one.

No one has a perfect session every time they walk into the gym but any workout is better than the one you didn’t do. Accept the fact that you will have some sessions that will not live up to your expectations and use them as motivation for your next workout. It is ok to have a bad session from time to time and they will improve as you gain experience in the gym.

Everyone encounters obstacles on their path to improvement. Consistently eating correctly is difficult and pushing yourself to your limits in the gym is exhausting. Everyone would have a perfect physique if it weren’t hard to improve your body but the rewards are well worth the trouble.

There are no short cuts; you simply need to put in the hard work as often as possible. Understand there will be frustrating times, do your best to see the whole picture and be patient – the results will come as long as you keep working hard.

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Name: Robert Engelman

Bio: Rob Engelman is a self described hillbilly fitness motivator who lifts weights in a outdoor gym located in the North Carolina mountains. Rob motivates those around him by drawing from his experiences playing soccer, being raised by a mother with her PHD in sports psychology and a father who coached college wrestling.