March is quickly coming upon us and, believe it or not, it is once again time to start thinking about getting into tank top rocking, mid-riff showing, summer strutting, physical shape…if that’s your cup of tea that is. So for the next 6 weeks or so I am going not only give you tips on how to achieve a healthy body transformation, I am going to walk you through my own body transformation of cutting body fat and maintaining (or trying to) lean body mass all key aspects of a successful body transformation. Some of this may sound like a broken record and it should, as I often tell those of you who ask me about setting goals, keeping your nutrition in check etc. So don’t sound surprised at what my topic is in this first of a body transformation series.
The Importance of Goal Setting
I have written about this once before but this entire BLOG post today is going to be about goal setting. Why an entire blog? Because it is very important to know where you want to actually be as opposed to saying something obscure like, “I want to look amazing! Six pack abs popping out in HD!” Today, we are going to explore what that actually looks like, the amount of body fat associated with different levels of toning and fitness and talk about the amount of effort it requires to get there.
I am linking to a very good resource which will, hopefully, give you an insight into body composition numbers that are linked to the desired six packs people often reference. I am taking a step further, however, so you can also see what different body composition levels look like. Obviously, body type plays a factor into the trouble zones one typically has problems losing fat. So please keep in mind, these pictures are only a guide. So why am I linking you guys to this resource? Is my point to make people more self conscious about their current physical state and feel bad about themselves? Yes and no. Yes, I do want you to be more aware about the state of your body, I want you to be honest with yourself about where you are right now. Once you are aware of this, you can make an informed decision about where you are going on your fitness journey and, most importantly, you can set a more realistic goal. If you can estimate that you are currently at 25% body fat, it will be less likely for you to set a goal of having six pack abs in 6-8 weeks. It is possible, but it is unhealthy to hit that goal and it requires more time, energy and effort than a person who is not a professional athlete, bodybuilder or fitness model to achieve, there just isn’t enough time unless it is your profession. Am I saying there is no hope? Absolutely not, I am saying to keep goals realistic. It is absolutely possible to go from 25-27% body fat to 20-22% body fat in one season. If you look at the pictures of the female body types, there is a significant difference between high 20/low 30% body fat and the low 20s, achieving that kind of progress in one season (6-8 weeks) is nothing to snuff at and I would consider that a huge success.
With the Great Jeans Challenge (GJC) fast approaching, this is a great opportunity to assess where you currently are with your fitness level as well as physical appearance. Over the next few weeks I will be writing about tools that may help you along your path to a more trim physique. As always, let me know if you have any questions and feel free to post comments.