The cost of getting lean:
Is it really worth the trade-off?
By Ryan Andrews & Brian St. Pierre
Six-pack abs. Tight butts. Lean, vibrant, flawless health. That’s the image the fitness industry is selling. But have you ever wondered what it costs to achieve that “look”? What you have to do more of? What you really have to give up?
Make no mistake, there are real trade-offs as you attempt to lose fat and improve your health. Let’s talk about what they are. So you can consider how to get the body you want while living the life you enjoy.
A tale of two clients
Not long ago, one of our successful clients — we’ll call him Bill — came to us with a question.
Now that he’d lost thirty pounds (going from 22% body fat to 15%), he could run up stairs and haul heavy bags of garden soil without getting winded.
He could genuinely enjoy weekend bike rides with friends. He could wear clothes he used to be able to fit into but had long given up as hopeless.
But what next?
“Don’t get me wrong,” Bill said. “I’m happy with the way I look and feel.”
It’s just that he also wanted six-pack abs.
“Oh, I don’t have to look like a cover model,” he mused. “It’s just that I’m really close to looking… awesome.”
Bill figured that with just a little extra work, and a little more time, the abs would start popping and his physique would be “finished”.
Meanwhile, another client, Anika, had the opposite concern.
She just wanted to lose a little weight, and get a little more fit.
But she worried that in order to do so, she’d have to give up everything, become a “health nut”, and make massive changes.
Changes that probably included 6 AM bootcamps, kale shakes, lemon juice cleanses, and 1000 situps a day… forever.
“No way,” thought Anika. “That’s too much work.”
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