Is it possible for a proverbial couch potato to get fit in a matter of months? Sure it is, but not in the way you might think. If you lose weight and gain muscle mass fast, it won’t take long before you regress to your previous state. Is this good for your health? The answer is – no, because your metabolism needs time to adapt to those changes.
Imagine a young, skinny fellow who suddenly decides to put on some weight and pump muscles, for whatever reason. He starts going to the gym, eating enormous amounts of food, and using various supplements. Because he has never exercised before, he quickly sees results (depending on his genetics). However, this is extremely harmful, as it causes physical trauma to the body. The ligaments can’t keep up with sudden muscle development, which can cause injuries, and other complications.
You Want It All, You Want It Now
Let’s imagine the following situation: you have an important event (a wedding, a reunion, etc.) in two months, so naturally you want to see results of your hard work now. However, getting yourself in killer shape requires a different approach than the one Hollywood actors have when getting shredded quickly for a movie shoot. But in order to set yourself up for years of success, rather than for just a few months, you to head down the right path with a solid base.
Reality Check: What Is Actually Possible?
Even though we’re bombarded with stories of amazing success in physical transformation, there’s no potion that can turn you into a bodybuilder. We’re human beings. When making plans to reach a desired level of fitness, realize that it’s going to take hard work, motivation, dedication, and patience.
It is incredibly difficult to lose fat while simultaneously building muscle. Those who want to build muscle need a caloric surplus that would go into building muscle. On the other hand, if you’re trying to lose fat, you need to achieve a caloric deficit so your body can burn that extra fat for energy. There’s no middle ground, because you can’t eat too little and too much at the same time. It’s not impossible, but those who would see the most progress are people who are just getting started with resistance training.
Building muscle is not as easy as you may think. When overweight people make their first attempt to lose weight, they often believe that they’ve built muscle when they see the scale go up. However, there are probably no real muscle gains there. It’s most likely that they’re carrying additional water weight (which can occur due to various factors such as menstrual cycle for women or an increased sodium/carb consumption) or the first weigh-in was inaccurate (because the scale lies, remember that). Another explanation is more added fat due to a caloric surplus.
Don’t get tricked into believing all those books, infomercials, and magazines and the unrealistic images that promise you can achieve your fitness goals in just a few months. They’re created to prey on the insecurities people have about their bodies; it’s what marketing has been doing all these years, and you should be aware of it. They want to sell their products, not make you healthier. Should we also mention the trap of taking different illegal and potentially unsafe substances, such as steroids or SARMs, to speed up the process of chiseling your body? You can read more about the effects of these substances on the Legion website, where questions on this topic have been thoroughly answered.
With a solid plan to follow, dedication, and having faced the fact that a lot of hard work awaits you, you can eventually accomplish your fitness goals. Don’t look yourself in the mirror and sigh, wishing that you had the body of Katniss Everdeen or Captain America. It takes time and depends on what you’re willing to give up to get it, as well as how badly you want it. The bottom line is that you should avoid trying to get it all at once; make a plan to build your physique step by step. Believe me, it’s absolutely worth it.