5 Things To Keep In Mind When Admiring (Or Copying) Your Fitness Inspiration
When it comes to weight loss, it’s easy to look up to someone who has achieved their fitness goal, and wonder what exactly they did to get there.
There is nothing wrong with receiving guidance and tips from that person.
But, here are five things to keep in mind when looking up to your fitness inspiration.
1. your body type may differ
Before you embark your fitness inspo’s eating plan or workout regimen, keep this fact in mind…
Your body type and structure are most likely not the same as theirs!
This means that no matter what you do or how you do it, weight loss isn’t going to result in you looking exactly as they do.
I’m not saying that you won’t look as good as they do (because trust me, you will), but please don’t get your mindset on, “If I do exactly what they do and eat exactly the way they eat, I will have their bangin’ shape in no time!”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
Feel free to do the exercises they did to get the shape they have now (especially if it brings you joy), but don’t even bother doing it if you’re strictly looking to get their specific body type as a result.
The wasted time and roller coaster emotions that come with it aren’t worth it at all.
2. Their eating plan may suck
Another thing to keep in mind before copying what your fitness inspo did to lose weight is the fact that their eating plan may actually suck.
What if all they eat is meat all day, without any fruit, vegetables, or carbs?
What if you know for a fact that you wouldn’t enjoy eating that way just to lose weight?
What if eating exactly the way they do work for them, but caused a destructive change in your body, mentally and physically?
Are you going to suck it up and eat that way all for the name of weight loss?
I mean, are you really ’bout that life?
I sure hope not.
Weight loss should not be a temporary thing you do year after year.
In order to lose weight and sustain it for life, you have to truly enjoy what you eat.
Copying your fitness inspo’s meal plan may not help you in the long-run.
3. It's not as easy as it may seem
It’s easy to scroll through your fitness inspo’s social media page and get super motivated.
You see their numerous ‘before and afters’ and read all their motivational posts, and you say to yourself “I can do that! It’s time to get serious and WERK!”
You start your weight loss journey on Monday, and by month three, you are ready to throw in the towel.
The motivation you once had has fizzled out and is nowhere to be found.
What puts the icing on the cake is a post from your favorite inspo — she’s lost more weight and is looking better than ever!
You wonder why you can’t be as disciplined and motivated as she is, and question why your journey isn’t flowing as easy.
If no one has ever told you this, allow me to be the first person to do so;
No one has it easy!
Everyone has their days when they struggle.
And yes, this includes your super motivated, super goal crushing fitness inspo.
Don’t be hard on yourself when you don’t do everything the way you planned.
You must factor in the fact that there will be plenty of hiccups along the way of your goal.
Take things one day at a time and always remember that it doesn’t get easier, you just get better!
4. Don't compare your day 1 to their day 100
You may witness your fitness inspo killin’ it on their journey and get discouraged because you can barely last a mile on the treadmill.
But, don’t forget that everyone has a ‘Day 1’.
You may not have seen their struggle or hard days, but trust me, they experienced them.
Just as you have to work to get stronger, the same thing applied to your fitness inspo.
No one wakes up strong, in shape, and toned. It’s something we have to work towards.
Things to remember on your Day 1 (and anytime you feel discouraged):
5. Fitness isn't one size fit all
Your fitness inspo may have gotten results by lifting heavy weights and doing HIIT exercises.
But, as I mentioned briefly in tip #2, that strategy may not work for you.
If you adopt their fitness plan and find yourself consistently bored or dreading your workout, then it is time to ditch their plan and create a new one.
There isn’t one specific way to lose weight.
You don’t have to do loads of cardio on the treadmill or only lift weights.
Sure, strength training is great for burning fat and gaining lean muscle, but there are so many variations you can try to make lifting fun.
It is beneficial to get ideas from the people who are currently where you’d wish to be, but take it with a grain of salt.
What works for them may not work for you, so feel free to find (or create) the eating and workout plan that is not only healthy for you, but enjoyable as well.