Understand, my physique is attainable, but it will require a tremendous amount of time, energy and discipline. Most supplement and infomercial companies want you to believe that you can do it by simply taking a pill, working out on their ‘revolutionary’ exercise equipment, drinking their ‘magical’ shakes, or eating their ‘superhuman’ bars. Anyone who has ever gotten into this kind of extreme shape knows the truth: that it takes a lot more than that.
Another misconception about many fitness models (including myself) is that we stay in this kind of shape all the time. That’s not true. In fact, I wouldn’t consider it healthy for anyone to stay in this kind of shape all the time. Stop believing the lies: It takes hard work, discipline, knowledge, genetics, and time – end of story.
The truth no one wants to tell you is that you will probably never look anything like the fitness models, bodybuilders or celebrities who grace the covers of magazines, star in infomercials or who represent many of the supplement and equipment companies.
I am sorry, but most of us do not have the genetics to look that way, nor do we have the right education or time to transform our bodies into this kind of ‘perfection.’ Furthermore, we don’t use performance-enhancing drugs to completely redesign our bodies. There is a lot of deception in the ‘health and fitness’ industry.
Are you wondering why I’m telling you all of this? Are you finding this info a bitter pill to swallow? You should be both empowered and encouraged by what I’ve shared. Once you accept the truth of what it really takes, you can be freed from chasing the false sense of reality often portrayed in the media – an unattainable fantasy provided by people who do not have your best interests at heart. As a result, you are now free to focus on achieving your own potential and the peace of mind that goes with it.
Once you shift your focus from trying to be like someone else to, instead, becoming the best you can be, I know you will find tremendous pride, satisfaction and fulfillment in who you are. I urge you to stop trying to emulate the latest cover model and focus on your energy on making realistic, attainable goals that you can be proud of. With clearer goals, you may reach your dream body with far less effort, investment and motivation.
The take-home lesson is do not compare yourself with how someone else looks (never do that!). Let their physique motivate you, but focus on realistic goals for your body. Set your attention to one workout and one meal at a time to make today your best day ever, and you’ll achieve your dream body.
Wise words to take into the real world: it’s about being the best you you can be, rather than about trying to be someone else.
Written by Vince del Monte, this article originally appeared in AskMen
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