Is everyone getting better results than you?
That guy at the gym who seems to have completely changed shape in 2 month, the girl who’s posted her before and after photos on a Facebook page, even after she had a baby, or those people you read about online. How do they do it? Are their results what everyone else is enjoying? If you’re not getting results like that, does it mean sticking to your lifestyle is more tough than it was for them? Learn all about results, willpower and whether you’re getting what you deserve for your effort, right here.
Let’s start with a quick disclaimer. Eveyone gets different results. There are people out there who gain weight just to lose it so they have before and after pictures. There are people that don’t have jobs, who have the time to devote time, energy and dollars into the most extreme methods of getting results.
I have no interest in them in this article.
The people I’m talking about are those folks you see day to day. People who seem to change rapidly, almost before your eyes, as if they have some kind of time-accelerator at their disposal. And if you don’t know one, you might see one around from time to time elsewhere, like in the gym, or at work.
And in the meantime, you seem to be counting the pounds in decimal points, and you’re tracking every 1/8th of an inch.
It doesn’t quite seem to add up, does it?
So, for the effort you’re putting in, are you really getting the results you should be? Is everyone else getting better, or does it just seem like that?
First of all, let’s talk about where you’re coming from. If you have a history of trying diets, and having trouble losing weight, or regaining weight back after losing, the odds are that sticking with something new is going to be challenging, because you already have doubts. That’s understandable, but at the same time, and ironically so, doubts tend to have a way of leading you to question whether the effort you are putting in is worth it, and these kinds of questions make it more difficult to stick with what you’re doing.
Folks who have complete faith in what they’re doing, and that it will get them to where they want to be, are more likely to find sticking with something easier, because there’s no doubt in their mind that it’s worth the effort. So the top takeaway from this? Approach what you’re doing with certainty that it’s the right thing to be doing at the moment. I want to distinguish between the idea that it’s definitely what’s going to get you to your goal, and that it’s the right thing to be doing at the moment, because the first one leads to doubts (because no one can predict the future), whereas the second perspective gives you confidence in what you are doing.
By setting a goal on a calendar, rather than on the scales or waist line, you have absolute control over the outcome. So, you decide to use the slow carb lifestyle for 8 weeks. You put it on your calendar, and from then on, you have absolute confidence that what you’re doing is what is good to be doing, for that period of time. Once the time is up, then you re-assess and either stick with it, and set a new end-date, or change your approach. Either way you’ve had success with adopting the lifestyle.
Next, we need to look at all those ‘results not typical’ results you read about online, or heard about from friends, or on the book cover. Results not typical is truly what it means. There are genetic outliers everywhere, and sooner or later one will adopt a certain method, lifestyle, diet, workout, etc, and get extraordinary results. Then, they are typically touted as proof of the success of the method they used. The advice I have here is that unless you know yourself to be a genetic outlier, pay zero attention to their results. You might not have the genetic potential to lose fat at a rate of 4lbs per week, just as I might not have the incredible supplies of growth hormone and testosterone that some people have that allows them to build monstrous amounts of muscle quickly.
The key things to remember is that you are working with your body, and the results you get will be unique to you. There are so many chemicals and processes involved in what we are doing that the end result you get ma be different to anyone else you know.
But how about if everyone is getting better results than you? Literally every single person.
There’s two possibilities here.
In true Tim-style, I can declare that there is always someone who gets the lowest result, in anything, and it might be you. The more likely possibility, if you do the numbers and enjoy probability as a hobby, is that there’s something else at play.
One thing to double check is whether you’re following slow carb as keenly as you think you are. The results that seem better may be coming from people who are following it like it’s their religion. Or perhaps from people who have such a strong motivation for results that they literally never slip up with their protocol. They may also have more dependable schedules, less stress and might get more sleep than you.
On the other side of the equation, check that your meal habits, water intake, adherence to slow carb foods and other important factors like doing things to alleviate stress, and getting adequate rest are truly in your equation. It’s easy to think that you’re following the slow carb lifestyle, even if you make a little compromise here and there, but things add up. A compromise on sleep, a meal during the day, an extra food ingredient, a slightly early cheat day, missing drinking plenty of water, can all combine to actually have quite a large impact. So, even if you’re feeling like what you’re doing is close to the ideal, you might in fact be really making it difficult on yourself, while still holding high expectations. That’s a recipe for disappointment.
My suggestion is to take 10 minutes to sit down and do a little ‘habit analysis’ to see how you’re doing.
The topics you want to cover are:
- Slow carb meals – are you always eating complete slow carb meals for 6 days? (And not snacking)
- Ingredients – are you using only slow carb ingredients you are certain of, or are you using some grey foods, little cheats, or foods you’re not sure of?
- Sleep – are you getting between 7 _ 9 hours each and every night, with a similar bedtime each night?
- Stress – are you doing things regularly that will help reduce your stess levels, like walking in nature, taking breaks during the day to be calm (try this website), and doing active things with your body most days?
- Water – are you drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day? Add an extra one for every cup of coffee you drink.
- Cheat Day – do you use the same day each week, and start your cheat day around lunchtime?
Take a look at the above items and see how you’re doing.
If you’re at a 7/10 on each item, you’re quite a ways away from truly following slow carb, and your results are likely less than you could achieve by more closely following the slow carb lifestyle.
If you’re interested in seeing how you’re doing from week to week, you might like to read this article about the LifestyleIQ calculator I created, and check out the video there.
So, is everyone really getting better results than you? It’s not likely.
Here’s one final thought – seeing progress, if you’re checking in the mirror, is very hard to do when you check every day.
Likewise, seeing a change in weight, or measurement, if you’re comparing one day to the next. Anyone you see at the gym, at work or anywhere else – you see them less than you see yourself, so it’s easier to notice changes.
Ultimately, you need to document things week to week, and then you’ll notice the changes as they happen. So whether it’s photos once a week, measurements or clothing, you want to be comparing, at minimum, one week to the next. Any smaller period of time and you might go a little crazy trying to spot the difference.
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