I’m obsessed with the Audi R8 (pictured above). It is hands down my favorite car right now. I mean, this is a car that I would literally do anything for (except butt sex).
But what does a 6-figure car have to do with getting your dream body?
Well let me put it this way – the amount of people who actually own an Audi R8 is analogous to the amount of people who have extremely good looking bodies, and that amount is VERY FEW.
Most people who own an Audi R8 are people who worked their asses off to get that amount of money. And people who have extremely good looking bodies are people who consistently train hard and diet.
The truth is most people will never own an Audi R8 and most people will never build a really good looking body. Most people are going to get through life driving nothing more than a Civic and having an average to overweight physique.
But not all hope is lost.
Below I have listed 26 reasons for why you’ll never get your dream body. These are 26 things you need to realize if you’re going to try to transform your body and if you can recognize them while on your journey, you’ll be that much close to getting your dream body and living the life you deserve.
1) You don’t realize how hard it’s going to be
Let’s start it off with the most important reason. Most people simply don’t understand how hard successfully transforming your body is. So until to realize how hard it will be, only then will it be easy.
2) You keep waiting until Monday
Mondays are a double edged sword. On one hand, people are more motivated on Mondays since it’s the start of a new week. But on the other hand, constantly failing and then waiting until the next Monday is bad since it encourages procrastination.
The best thing to do is to start right now.
3) You don’t allow room for errors
Eating an extra slice of cake or missing one workout is not the end of the fucking world (we all know that happens later this year). But most people manage to transform one tiny slip-up into a massive disaster.
If you’re the type of person to binge eat after overeating by one cookie, then you need to stop now. One extra cookie isn’t the end of the world. At most, it will just add a few hundred calories that probably won’t even cause a noticeable difference in the long run.
Just enjoy the damn cookie and continue your diet right after.
4) You’re not eating any protein
Every single successful dieter I know includes a decent amount of protein in their diet.
I’m not saying that you need to eat pro-bodybuilder level amounts of protein, but you should try eat a good amount of protein when dieting and especially if you’re trying to gain muscle.
5) You workout hard… then you eat even harder
Working out is great, but working hard for an hour doesn’t give you a pass to the all-you-can-eat buffet. Many people think that just because they exercise, that they can eat anything they want afterwards.
If your workout burns 300 calories, then you can’t just go and eat a 300 calorie protein bar afterwards. That’s just stupid and it completely negates the effects of your workout.
Try to view exercise as a bonus to the amount of calories you already burn, but don’t ruin your efforts by eating too much afterwards.
6) You read too much
It’s fine to read fitness blogs and magazines but if all you’re doing is reading and not applying, then you’re not going to get anywhere.
At this rate, you’re going to spend your entire life consuming information without actually applying it and that’s the worst possible thing to do. Even if the advice is complete crap, you’re more likely to succeed if you apply that advice as opposed to someone who just consumes info and does nothing with it.
7) You drink all your calories
Liquid calories are probably the worst calories to consume, mainly because they’re incredibly unsatisfying. You’ll feel just as full from drinking a cup of juice as opposed to drinking a cup of water.
My advice – skip the liquid calories and stop adding calories to drinks that don’t already have them. If you order a black coffee, then don’t drown the damn thing with sugar and cream.
Drinking your calories is fine once in a while, but don’t make a habit out of it.
8) You do too much cardio
I’m really not against cardio, but when people do nothing but cardio and especially if that cardio is steady state cardio, then we may have a problem.
Doing too much cardio can increase your appetite, causing you to eat more and if your goal is to build a good-looking body then cardio is not the answer. Try lifting heavy weights and doing sprints instead.
9) You over complicate things
Why in the bloody fuck are you making it so complicated?
If you want to lose weight – create a calorie deficit.
If you want to gain muscle – lift heavy weights and eat a little bit more.
Don’t worry about complex and useless stuff like manipulating your insulin levels and muscle confusion. Stick with the basics, they never go out of style.
10) Your internet friends suck
I’m sure you all have that person you know on Facebook. You know, that person who always talks fitness.
That person that always tells the world that they’re going on a diet, but 1 week later they update their status saying that they completely failed. That person that always says they need to go to the gym because they’re fat. That person who does nothing but bitch and moan about their failures.
Yeah… those people aren’t helping you. The only thing that person does for you is bring down your own belief that you can succeed.
Just ignore these people. Better yet, block them.
11) Your real friends suck
True fact – when you try to positively change your life, not everyone will support you.
If you’re trying to lose weight, there are going to be people that will say you don’t need to lose weight or that you look fine and don’t need to change. And chances are, the person saying those things isn’t in the best shape themselves.
Not all your friends or family members will support your goals, so maybe it’s time to reevaluate who you spend your time with.
12) You don’t care about calories
I don’t care what your personal trainer says, I don’t care what your doctor says, I don’t care what your mom says.
Calories matter, and if you can’t accept that fact, then we have a serious problem on our hands.
13) You don’t even know what your dream body looks like
My dream car is the Audi R8, I know exactly what it is and I know exactly what it looks like.
But do you know what your dream body looks like? Do you even have vague picture in your mind?
14) You’re always bulking
If you want to get lean and ripped, then you’re not going to get their by constantly bulking. Nowadays, most guys who bulk just end up getting fat.
Don’t use bulking as a way to rationalize eating more food. If done for too long, bulking can negatively affect your health and let’s face it, it makes your body look like crap.
15) You’re only thinking short term
The problem I have with workout and diet programs that promise 30, 60, or 90 day results is that it encourages short-term thinking.
I mean, what happens after those 30 days? Most people go into these types of programs with absolutely no game-plan afterwards.
Fitness is an epic journey that starts and ends when your heart stops beating. If you go into this with a short-term mindset, then I GUARANTEE you’re going to fail.
16) You’re not motivated enough
If you want to build your dream body, then you need to find the proper motivation. Without motivation you’re pretty much screwed.
I’m not going to tell you how to motivate yourself because everyone’s different, but if you need some help then watch these videos right now.
17) You think your genetics determine how you look
In most cases, genetics don’t mean crap. Your genes will determine the actual shape and structure of your muscles but they rarely determine your ability to lose weight or gain muscle.
Of course there are genetic disorders that can really mess up your body, but I’m speaking to the majority here.
18) You’ve never tried intermittent fasting
Yes I absolutely love intermittent fasting. I’m not saying that practicing intermittent fasting is a must, but if you’ve been eating 6 meals per day and haven’t had any luck with it, then maybe it’s time to try something new.
If intermittent fasting is something you’re interested in, be sure to check out this post I wrote a while back.
19) You have no support
Some people can’t do anything without support.
In these situations, it’s good to find a group of people who share the same values as you do. One of the most awesome ways to connect now is through Fitrocracy, a social fitness network to track your progress and interact with other fitness buffs.
20) You weigh yourself too much
Weighing yourself every day is quite possibly the worst thing to do if you’re trying to lose weight. When weighing yourself, the scale doesn’t differentiate between how much muscle, fat, or water you have in your body. The only thing the scale cares about is the total amount of weight.
This can be a problem especially if you consume large amounts of carbs and sodium since they both retain water, making you seem heavier than you really are.
My advice – use the mirror to measure progress and weigh yourself once per week.
21) You constantly compare yourself to Ryan Gosling (and other celebrities)
If you haven’t heard already, Ryan Gosling is the most loved man in Hollywood right now. But when guys see Ryan Gosling or any other celebrity, they instantly think that they need to look exactly like them otherwise they’re a failure.
Well that’s too bad because you’ll never look exactly like Ryan Gosling. Even if you manage to get down to his weight and body fat percentage, you still won’t look like him because his muscle structure is different. And let’s not forget that all celebrity bodies are manipulated by professional lighting to make them look better than they actually do.
The only person you can look like is the best possible version of yourself.
22) Your workout routine has no structure
Never go into the gym without a plan.
If you don’t have your routine all planned out, then you’re most likely going to just half-ass it the whole time. If you want real results, then you need a well-structured workout routine.
23) People keep telling you that you look okay
“Okay” isn’t good enough.
I mean, unless the person you know is on the border of becoming anorexic, you really shouldn’t discourage the person from improving their body.
Like I said in my ZenToFitness guest post, being successful means drawing positive and negative criticism… the key here is to simply not care what people think.
24) You eat breakfast every day
Eating breakfast every day is the secret to building your dream body… or is it?
Okay, here’s the thing – fuck breakfast.
If you enjoy breakfast, eat it.
If you don’t, skip it.
Never feel obligated to eat breakfast, it’s a god damn conspiracy.
25) You’re lifting light weights to get cut
Light weights have there time and place, but the majority of people (especially women) will benefit from heavy lifting more than anything else. And if you’re dieting, lifting heavy is the best way to preserve all that sexy muscle mass.
26) You don’t realize how ridiculously awesome getting your dream body will be
You know it’s a shame.
Most people want money, exotic cars, and killer bodies but nobody is doing a damn thing about it.
I mean, looking awesome is not impossible. It takes a ton of work, but as long as you have perseverance and make it a priority above everything else, then you’ll have no choice but to succeed.
If you need a list of reasons for why you should get that dream body you deserve, be sure to check out this article.
NEVER GIVE UP!!!
What’s your reason for not getting your dream body? Let me know below.