Emmet from Rushe Fitness talks progress and comparison when on that track to a better you.
It is very easy to feel down when it comes to progress.
You commit yourself to your training and diet, only to have someone else get a better result than you come to weigh-ins.
This may feel like you are doing something wrong, but the reality is, most of you don’t really understand what good progress is when it comes to weight loss.
After years of the media and magazines telling you that you can lose 10lbs in 2 weeks, it’s easy to feel disappointed when the reality is somewhat different from this.
1-2lbs per week is very good progress when it comes to weight loss.
This may not seem like much, but trust me, when it comes to fat loss, this is what you should be aiming for.
If you have more to lose, you can aim for the upper end of this and if you have less to lose you can aim for the lower end.
If you are very lean already, your progress may be slower than this, as you will have very little weight to lose and you may have to judge progress based on measurements and visual changes like how your clothes fit and how you look in the mirror, rather than what the scale tells you.
The one thing that you cannot do, however, is compare your progress to someone else’s.
No two people live the same lives,
No two people have the same problems,
No two people have the same jobs, family lives or activity levels.
These all come into play along with your training and nutrition.
Daily stress will play a factor in whether you get your training done, whether you can get your nutrition the way you want it for that day and whether you get enough sleep so you can recover and train to an optimal level.
If any of these things interfere throughout the week, your progress may not be the way you want it to be and it may not be the same as someone else who does not have to deal with the same stress.
Then you need to look at how much weight you have to lose compared to them.
Someone with more weight to lose will always have a bigger change at the beginning than someone with less to lose.
You see this all the time when people begin a diet plan and some get 7-10lbs weight loss in the 1st week and others get 1-2lbs weight loss.
Both have lost weight and both have had a great start to their programmes, but if you had weighed them both together, the person who lost 2lbs would feel hard done by compared to the other person who lost 7lbs.
Yet one had more weight to lose than the other and the initial differences in the weight loss are justified.
So don’t get yourself down because you think that someone else is making better progress than you, because if you aren’t looking at all the factors that come into play when it comes to weight loss, you are doing yourself and your hard work an injustice.
You also have to look at the differences in your starting points when it comes to your diet.
If you have two people who were the same height, weight, age and had the same activity levels.
One had always struggled with their diet, have always found it difficult to adhere to and struggle to keep on track.
The other person is able to keep on track, doesn’t break from their plan and enjoys that way of eating.
The person who is able to adhere to the diet will have better progress than the person who isn’t, even though everything else seems to be the same.
Making comparisons is self-defeating and will only cause unnecessary grief.
Getting disheartened because someone seems to be making better progress than you is like getting disheartened because someone is taller than you.
As long as you are trying and progress is happening, you are making progress and are doing great.
So, don’t make comparisons and don’t get yourself down.
Keep consistent, keep on track and you’ll be fine.
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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTD