The fitness industry is known for promoting nonsense at extraordinary rates. It's the reality of the world we live in -- where products to help you "detox your body", "fix yourself in 21 days", and "get shredded in 60 days or less" are more promoted than the basics of strength training with consistency, eating enough protein, being hydrated, and working hard enough to need recovery from.
Get Your Priorities Straight If You Want to See Progress
Too many people are worried about what the best exercise for X is, what the most efficient route for X goal is, and what the best food to cut out is for fat loss, but they're not even in the gym consistently, eating regularly, or taking care of themselves in the first place.
Don't worry about what the best, most efficient, and most magical route to success is -- because there isn't one. Focus on being consistent. Consistently strength training, consistently eating well, and consistently getting stronger are more important than any of the best anything.
Success is a forward struggle
What do I mean by forward struggle? Everyone struggles, but not everyone progresses in that struggle.
I won't lie to you and say there will come a day when you can just sit back, relax, and go back to eating as much as you want with no consequences -- it doesn't exist. Sorry.
I can tell you, however, that each time you choose the broccoli over the cookie, it will become easier to keep choosing it. Not that there's anything wrong with the cookie once in a while, but more often than not, you need to choose the broccoli if you want to keep moving forward.
The lie we all tell ourselves
That whimpering voice in the back of our heads that tells us, "...but I deserve this cookie, I'm having a bad day" or "I'll stop myself at one, maybe two, maybe three" is something we all deal with and those who choose (not every single time, but more and more often) to ignore that voice are the ones who are ultimately the most successful long term.
The lie we get told
Pick up a magazine related to food, fitness, or health and you'll read headlines telling you how to slim down in 10 days with this magical diet, gain muscle in 30 days with these easy mass building exercises, or remove cravings by simply following our tricks and tips.
Even though we know in the back of our minds that these things aren't true, we still "fall for the lie" -- by fall, I mean, willing choose to believe it can be that easy.
I hate to sound like a pessimist -- although I've been accused of being one -- but I think skeptic is a better fit here. It is often simple, but not easy to change our ways.
The final measure of success
Long term, forward moving, and working through failure type success is without a doubt the most likely route you're going to need to take to get where you want to go. In work, in life, and in fitness: there are no shortcuts, only hard work, conscious effort to keep progressing forward no matter how small or slow it may seem, and a willingness to keep learning how to get better at whatever it is you're doing.
That is how you be successful.
James Harris is the founder of Titanium Strength Systems, as well as the head writer and coach. He trains online and in person in Chilliwack, BC. For more info on James, read the "Meet Our Team" page.