When I talk to people I always get the same couple of lines. I want to lose weight, I want more muscle mass, I want to improve my blood profile. Everybody wants to improve some aspect of their life. Even I myself want to improve aspects of my own life. My current goal is to get my body fat % in the single digits I am currently at 15%. The first question I ask people is what they are willing to sacrifice. Most people will look at me quizzically. I tell them that in order to make a change in life to achieve those goals sacrifices have to be made. Most people usually don’t want to sacrifice anything in their life. So I reiterate with people that they want things to change in their lives but they are unwilling to change what they do in their lives. Somehow change is supposed to magically occur in their lives and they reach their goals. I tell people the reason (for the most part) why your body is in the shape is a response to your current life. What you do daily and weekly will have an effect on your body. Remember the body responds to its environment. If you perform physical heavy lifting daily your body will get stronger to help you cope with your daily tasks.
Now if you don’t do a lot physical activity on a daily basis then you probably won’t have the same muscular development. So if you want a leaner body. Then you will have to take some time out of your day to go lift weight and perform some physical activity. The sacrifice for that person is time and energy. Instead of going home and sitting on the couch watching television. Take an 1 hour (or 1 hour and half) to take yourself to the gym and lift some weight and get some cardiovascular work in. Once start working out daily you will make some serious changes in your body composition. Remember there has to be a change somewhere if you want to improve something in your life.
I have several clients that workout daily and they are in pretty good shape unfortunately they are still carrying around fat in unwanted places. The next question I ask is what are you willing to sacrifice? They look at me and tell me that they are already giving their time to working out daily. I asked them about their diets. Most say that they eat what they want. I tell them that they may have to watch what they eat in terms of Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins. Also they may need to keep their food intake in check as well. Most tell me that they don’t want to do that. I tell them in order to make a change they must be willing to sacrifice the sweets and the bad fatty foods (remember you still have good fats in your diet). If you trying to lose Body fat your diet is a major contributor in changing your body composition. Most people think that exercise will magically cure a poor diet and in reality it does not work that way. The sacrifice for these people is being aware of types of foods that they put in their diets. If they are unable to comply with that then you will not be able to reach your goals.
In Grad School had a roommate from Cameroon and he told me an old African Proverb. “If you want something go grab it with one hand. If you want some more grab with the other hand. Now if you want something else. You must first place something down before you’re able to get more”. You must be willing to give something up to get more in life. I bet many people have heard the saying that Time = Money and Money = Time. It is the same thing in the health field. In order to improve your health you must make sacrifices to improve your well-being.