Topic 2 – Introduction To Body Types
Let me preface this blog, and every blog that follows, by saying that there is no “one right answer” when it comes to nutrition and fitness. There are multiple ways to achieve your ideal body. The advice from one nutrition and fitness expert can work very well for you. Does that mean the advice from every other nutrition and fitness expert is wrong? The answer is, of course it doesn’t. The truth is there are multiple “correct” ways to reach your ideal body and maintain it. This blog, and the suggestions that are made within it, in no way disqualify other advice as “wrong” or “bad”. Just as there are “many ways to skin a cat” –there are also many ways to reach your ideal body. Finding what works for you that you can also HAPPILY MAINTAIN long term – a lifestyle change where you can enjoy your food and workout a reasonable amount – is the key.
That being said, there are some fundamental truths that all nutrition and weight loss plans must revolve around in order to work. One of these fundamental truths is that:
You must eat and workout to fit your specific body type.
When it comes to what you eat and how you work out, one size does not fit all. It is imperative that you understand what your body type is and eat and work out accordingly. Failure to do this means that you are likely training and eating the wrong way for your body. It also means that the workouts you are doing may be making your body look worse, not better. Failure to recognize your body type and eat and workout accordingly is truly setting yourself up for failure right from the outset.
Many people in a lot of areas of life confuse activity with accomplishment. When it comes to reaching and maintaining your ideal body, this is most definitely a trap that many people unwittingly fall into. Just because you are doing “something” like “going to the gym five days a week”, that does not mean that “going to the gym five days a week” is going to lead to you accomplishing your goals. Activity does not necessarily equate to accomplishment – especially in the world of nutrition and fitness where you need a high level of education to achieve your ideal body unless you are genetically gifted with an incredible metabolism.
This is particularly true for the millions of people who work out 3, to 5 times per week and “think” they are eating right – “I get my protein, man” – but their body never seems to improve. Week after week, month after month, they do the same thing in the gym but their body doesn’t respond and look better. Millions of people put in a lot of time and effort in the gym and with their diets and don’t get anywhere near the ideal body. I know, because I was stuck on this merry-go-round of working my butt off in the gym and getting nowhere for a long, long time. I was not working out and eating to suit my body type. Even worse – I had personal trainers who I was paying to guide me that were not telling me to eat and work out for my body type. Many people reading this blog, unfortunately, have fallen into this same trap. Do not believe everything you read and be very careful where you get your information from.