The overabundance of information has caused many people to fall into the trap of analysis paralysis. Over-analysis can become an active form of procrastination. No one ever got in shape by reading a book. The fitness industry provides a constant stream of gimmicky diet and exercise plans that promise quick and easy results. Each program claims to have found the secret to six-pack abs. Millions of people waste their time, money, and effort on worthless supplements, extreme diets, and overly complicated workout programs.
Our habits and rituals shape our lives. Simply put, first we form habits, then they form us. Information and strategies don’t produce results until they become habitual. The mechanics of diet and exercise are SIMPLE. They are often overcomplicated by people attempting to put a new spin on getting in shape. We need variety to maintain enthusiasm, but we should always base our programs on the fundamentals. We know more about diet and exercise than ever before, but a lack of knowledge isn’t the problem. If anything, there is too much information available.
Getting in great shape isn’t as complicated as the industry would have you believe. Your muscles don’t need confusion to grow. They need to be forced to work harder and get stronger. Strength gains always proceed muscle gains. The only way we lose weight is by eating fewer calories than our body expends each day. The fitness industry is full of con artists eager to take advantage of people seeking quick fixes. I am not selling you a quick fix, and I don’t claim to have revealed the secret to transforming your body unless you consider forming good habits a secret strategy. If you want to achieve results that last, you must find joy in the journey. Fall in love with the process, and the results will come.