HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE FITNESS RESULTS?
We all have different bodies, endurance and physiologies. This simply means there is no universal answer for how long it would take to see changes in your body when you start working out. That being said, at physiological and hormonal levels, these changes commence in the body almost instantly, during or after a good workout. The accompanied physical changes will kick in for most people usually within the first month or two of regular workouts.
Consistency, goals, workouts and diet all affect the rate at which your body changes. You may also need to switch a more ideal diet, one that ensures lesser fat, oil and calorie intake, and diets rich in fiber, you should however, not starve your body.
The Downside of Fast Results
A short-cut approach to anything almost never works, it is something you should avoid especially with your body and health. As earlier discussed, some lifestyle patterns have to be changed to encourage results, but when you make these changes drastically, you run the risk of doing your body more harm than good.
An instance where you cut your food intake from 2000 to 800 calories per day or an attempt to lift the heaviest weight sets on your first day of enrolling in a gym would almost certainly backfire, or even worse, cause injuries.
Once your body perceives a shortage in the food intake, the impulse of starvation is kick-started, your body by design then starts to cut-into reserves which are usually muscles, the same thing you are trying to build.
This results in a vicious cycle and the more calories you cut the more you would need to work out to see such changes. The most disheartening part of this story is that there is fast weight loss doesn’t stick around for long as the body tends to consume more to fill up depleted reserves.
The hectic workout approach also does little as your muscles don’t build during your workouts, they actually do so in the space between your workout and gym sessions. Thus, it is better to do a workout exercise properly and steadily for about 45 minutes instead of being an incredible hulk in the gym.
What To Do Instead
- Set a Schedule For Your Training and Stick To It
Consistency is key to success in any life endeavor, your work-out sessions are well included in that statement. Many people fail to have a steady and consistent exercise routine, instead they train today and skip gym the next couple of weeks, then come back and overwork their bodies trying to meet up for all the lost time. Others, train less because they are less inspired or want the unrealistic instant results. Setting a schedule ensures a slow and steady paced development that will bring results in no time.
- Focus On The Best Exercises and Switch Things Up Only Once In A While
Great results are often a result of great focus, not great variety. Too many achieve little in the gym because they have a habit of bouncing around every machine thinking being a jack of all trades masters all. The switch up is more favourable when not done frequently so your body can steadily improve in one aspect before jumping to another and risk losing all the earlier done hard work. Here's a short list of the best exercises guaranteed to make visible changes;
- Bench Press
- Clean and Jerk
- Pushups and Pull-ups
- Eat To Fuel Your Body and Rest Afterwards
Even with the differences in caloric needs of people, generally consuming more calories than that being expended is the ideal practice for muscle gain. Rack up on fibers and feed your hunger. Do not overwork your body and be sure to get your 6-8 hours of sleep, as it is in this period the growth hormone and muscle repairs are done.
Success in the gym, as with most things in life, comes down to mastering the basics. Engage these tips and you are guaranteed to see visible changes at a steady pace in a few weeks or couple of months.