Unreasonable expectations have proven to be a major obstacle for many who pursue muscle gains or fat loss, as bodybuilding often becomes a pursuit of transforming into someone else, as opposed to working towards the genetic potential that each of us has been born with. We may frequently see others on TV, in magazines, or on the Internet who have the bodybuilding physique we are working towards, so we somehow feel that by weight lifting and eating a certain way, we can develop a similar body, when in fact our physical makeup is unique to each of us, meaning that results others can produce do not in any way dictate that we are capable of the same, or, we may even be able to exceed the bodybuilding results of those we admire. Yet, there is no way of knowing our own individual potential without embracing an effective diet and weight training workout routine to determine how our body responds.
The major downside of basing our own level of bodybuilding satisfaction upon achieving the nearly identical physique of another is that, although we may produce muscle gains or fat loss results that impress nearly every person that we meet, in our own mind, we maintain a feeling of inferiority, since our standard is not based upon how much we've achieved, but rather whether we're moving closer to the person we choose to emulate, and therefore, regardless of how impressive our progress appears to others, we constantly seek for the unrealistic dream, and eventually either quit bodybuilding altogether, or decide to experiment with risky drugs or bodybuilding supplements instead of altering our expectations to match our own potential.
Genetics offer us a barrier which we all must obey, no different from one who wishes to become a basketball player but lacks sufficient height. Yet, in bodybuilding, few achieve their own genetic potential not necessarily due to lack of effort, but rather as a result of eating and weight lifting errors which plague muscle building or fat loss efforts. Certainly, when weight training and eating perfectly, genetics will then eventually limit future gains, and will also impact the overall rate of results, but most who feel genetics are interfering with any significant change actually are eating and weight training without the correct techniques, which is the true reason behind disappointing progress.
Unfortunately, numerous bodybuilders continue to follow poorly written weight training and diet methodologies, and find themselves frustrated due to a perpetual plateau despite disciplined effort. Making matters worse are the unrealistic expectations created by the media, as seeing men and women on the front cover of popular fitness magazines tend to make even the most successful natural physical fitness enthusiast overflow with envy, but what is not revealed in the pictures that so many wish to emulate is that the vast majority of those who are shown in such publications are using drugs such as steroids or growth hormone, which are extremely dangerous, offering health risks such as cancer, internal organ enlargement, and heart failure, therefore are never a legitimate option for those who have their priorities in order and wish to preserve health and well being beyond any temporary muscle gain or fat loss goal. It's unfortunate that numerous young men and women are being indoctrinated by many photos that are marketed as the definition of a desirable and healthy appearance, when in fact the techniques used to produce such a temporary level of fat loss or muscle gain pose extreme health risks to those involved, and despite these realities, become a very powerful temptation for those who try to pattern themselves after the individuals they believe to be admired and accepted by society.
Muscle gain or weight loss results are as unique as our personalities, and we should not try to emulate another in our pursuit of any muscle gain or fat reduction goal, rather forging our own personal road by maximizing the individual muscle building potential each of us has, and doing so through an effective weight training plan and bodybuilding diet. When we begin to consider bodybuilding as an experiment in individual achievement, we then begin to finally embrace the improvements we make, as opposed to feeling unfulfilled due to focusing on the accomplishments of another. Without the chance of experiencing satisfaction with our own transformation, bodybuilding becomes a frustrating pursuit of the unattainable, and can morph from a worthwhile pursuit into a stressful, detrimental hobby.
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Francesco Castano authors MuscleNOW.com, a diet and weight training program teaching the exact techniques for building muscle mass without supplements or drugs.
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