Well… It’s that time of the year again. With 2016 coming to a close, building muscle and concurrent fat loss is on just about everyone’s mind.

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Okay.

I’m not a dietician or nutrition expert nor do I market myself as one, but I do want to highlight why most people fall short¬†in their attempt to get results.

Eat More Protein

 

A constant observation I’ve made¬†in my work as a trainer and a coach is that most people do not get enough protein in their diet, particularly females as they tend not to be huge meat eaters. It’s an ongoing debate as to how much protein you should¬†actually consume.

But, nevertheless, the undisputed way to get lean and improve your body composition is, protein.

It’s painfully obvious, but believe me when I tell you this ‚ÄĒ¬†rarely are the simple things employed. I’ve had so many consultations in the past where folks claim they’re doing everything they can to get in shape, but the elephant in the room always seems to be a lack of sufficient protein in their diet.

Increase your portion size, make a protein smoothie, add more whole eggs or egg whites, have some greek yogurt ‚ÄĒ it’s absolutely essential that you get enough daily protein in order to build appreciable size, strength, and muscle.

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Moreover, you have to understand that a protein-rich diet does an amazing¬†job at increasing your metabolism and limiting hunger. Couple that with an intense strength training program, and you’re in for a sweet ride.

Wrap- Up

 

So, by¬†taking this into account, the general recommendation is to consume approximately one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight ‚ÄĒ watch what happens.

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Most people already have a general idea of what to do with respect towards achieving a better physique. They do everything right. They consistently put in the work, and¬†they¬†follow all the right advice ‚ÄĒ they’re pretty much hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to get from point A to point B in the quickest way possible.

Regardless of what the goal may be, the recurring theme (unfortunately) always seems to be people not getting the results they’re looking for.

Here’s¬†four reasons why you’re not seeing results.

1. Lack Of Discipline and Work Ethic

 

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If there’s one thing that working in a commercial gym has taught me, it’s that most folks go through the motions. This absolutely drives me nuts.

Getting out of your comfort zone is necessary if you ultimately want to look better and perform better. Taking selfies in the gym and posting your workout on social media does not equate to productivity in the gym¬†‚ÄĒ you’re just a¬†douche.

2.¬†You Don’t Even Lift

 

Following up with the point above, nothing beats hard work. ¬†What’s most unfortunate is people falling prey to fads and gimmicks promising fast results. There’s a reason why compound movements such as Squats, Deadlifts, Pull-Ups, Presses and Rows are staples in so many strength training¬†programs. Adhering to the basics and training with intensity gets the job done.

Prioritizing compound movements are going to give you a more impressive physique than you’d get from curls and sit-ups. ¬†If you think for one second that you’d be better off without them, something is seriously wrong with you.¬†Get bigger, stronger, faster, and leaner by sticking to the big lifts before you think about¬†isolating your arms and abs.

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3. Train With A Purpose

 

While I do think far too many people place too much of an emphasis on advanced training protocols, you have to appreciate how beneficial actually having a plan can help. As the old adage goes, “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail”.¬† You’d be wise to take that into consideration because at the end of the day, you have to train with a purpose.¬† You’d be hard-pressed to find anybody with a good looking physique that doesn’t track their progress. Establish a¬†plan and get after it.

4. Hydration and Sleep Are Kind Of Important

 

Let’s face it: the vast majority of the population are constantly dehydrated and are sleep deprived. In fact, in addition to how negatively it impacts performance, studies have shown that dehydration and sleep deprivation leads to an increase in fat mass.¬†You can follow any training program to a T, but if you’re not doing the simple things such as drinking more water and getting enough sleep, you’re just spinning your wheels.

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On a few¬†occasions, I’ve worked¬†with people¬†in the past thinking that just because they invested in my services, results were magically going to be handed to them¬†on a¬†silver platter.

Wishful thinking.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but you still have to work hard. Regardless if you’re working with a professional or not, you’re really not going to look much different with that type of mindset. I’m all for offering some insight, but let’s be real here¬†‚ÄĒ it’s pointless if you’re not willing to adhere to some level of discipline.

 


Countless of times we overlook the value of quality nutrition

 

Amazingly enough, this dilemma¬†isn’t a rare occurrence. Countless of times a lot of folks¬†across the population¬†overlook the value of quality nutrition.

Yes ‚ÄĒ you can experience modest improvements in body composition just by training (granted you stay consistent), even more so if you’re relatively new to weight training. But you’re sadly mistaken if you think you can get away with a poor nutrition regimen.

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Keep this in mind: the more disciplines you improve, the better the results.

 

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