The importance of sticking to a structured diet & training plan?
Posted on Tuesday, February 02 2016 08:05:00 AM in Blog by Kane Howe
Your body is a master adapter and will adapt over time to certain stimulus; however if you are inconsistent with the stimulus that you give your body the results in turn will be inconsistent, it's as simple as that. An example of this 'inconsistency' could be where someone eats well 5-6 times per day for 3 days & trains every day; then has 3 days of two meals per day and trains once; then has 3 days of junk food & doesn't train at all; this inconsistent approach will bring disappointment long term if your goal is to change your body composition.
Whether your goal is to gain weight or lose it; the approach has to be consistent so that your body thinks to itself "oh I better adapt and change a bit now as you keep making me do this!!".
For weight gain the calorie input must be greater than output and for weight loss it'll be the reverse principle. Everyone's bodies are different and adapt often in different ways; if you don't see results within 1-2 weeks do not be disheartened, if you keep at it I promise you, your body will adapt and once you see your results this will spur you to continue!
As far as training goes; progressive overload will win the race long term if your goal is to change your body composition. Are you one of those people who go to the gym and do the same weights/ reps at the same intensity? If so your body may struggle to change.
With progressive overload i.e improving your weights / reps combined with a good nutrition plan will see far greater results!!
Think to yourself... What is my goal and what steps do I need to take to achieve it? If you feel like you've been banging your head against a brick wall for a while with your fitness goals, it's probable that your nutrition and or training plan is a bit out of touch.
It's been said a thousand times in the fitness industry but it's too true- it's a marathon not a race... Consistency, hard work and determination will bring you progression & the results you've always wanted.