With no offense intended to anyone, here is the simple truth:If you follow the program, eating clean and in proper portions, and hitting your 10's, you will see positive results. It's that simple. You won't gain weight (unless that was your goal) and you will eventually be very happy with your hard-earned results. More than likely, amazed, not just happy. If you choose to allow little indiscretions in your eating (because that tiny little cheat couldn't possibly matter - day after day.....) or if you ease your way through your cardio (because hey, you still worked up a little sweat) or never push yourself with your lifting, then you may not see the results you're wanting to. Body For Life is simple, but it isn't easy. The program works, and it rewards an honest effort. The honesty part isn't relative to others on the board, it's relative to you yourself. You can post anything you like to us here on the forum and we'll never know the difference. But you will, because it will be reflected in your results. No, we're not going to be perfect, but that should be the goal - other than free day. And when we fall short, it should motivate us to try even harder tomorrow (or later today!)Anyway, there's my rant. I just can't get over all of the posts about poor results, modifying the program, changing this and changing that. The program really is simple. Follow it for 12 weeks and then if you want to change, tweak, or cheat, go for it. But for the best results, follow the program and give it everything you've got.
Good luck to everyone!
I agree with you 100%. I started BFL on April 6, 2009, and have been living this lifestyle ever since. It is true that after you make a substantial transformation, you can eat some other foods again (eat 85% clean, instead of eating clean 6 days out of 7) and not see much, if any, impact. But, that only comes after about 2 - 3 years, and for me it was after succesful 12 - week challenges in 2009, 2010, and 2011. I don't even like to eat the unhealthy foods anymore, as they actually can make me nauseous.
If folks aren't getting the results they seek, then it would be crazy to keep doing exactly the same thing. An objective assessment needs to be made to determine if there are any elements of the their particular program out of alignment with the true BFL program.
I also can't get over the posts that claim poor results, or how they "just couldn't" eat/ do cardio/ lift right today. This problem is systemic throughout our society - demanding instant gratification and whining when it does not happen. The great thing about this program is that you get rewarded for your performance, and there is no hiding it!! Follow through, or stay the way you were....
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This should be pinned to the top of the forum Dave. I would estimate that at least once a week, someone wants to know what they're doing wrong, when simply, they haven't given the program enough time to be effective. I also question whether or not people are pushing themselves hard enough. I know that's hard to gauge. Maybe I'm just harder on myself, but I don't think I hit my 10's as frequently as others do. Bill Phillips talks about that in the book, how it won't happen all the time, and where you may think you've done it at that very moment, you really may not have done it. I guess it would help me if I lifted with a partner...someone to push me that little bit extra that I probably need.
Anyway, I've seen great results from the program, and I haven't done anything special. I follow the program as written. I eat the diet as suggested. I know if I cheat. Bottom line. If you truly want to change, you WILL find a way to overcome your urges to cheat on your diet. That's why Bill gave us a free day. Walk away from that cookie, and save it until your Free Day. It was my reckless eating that got me to weigh 237 pounds at the end of last year. Yes, I have a sweet tooth, like everyone else, but I also have the desire to build my best body that I can at 42 years of age.
I also wonder if people are doing the same exact exercises each time they lift a body part. Keep your body guessing. There are certain exercises that I always want to do (squats), but I know if I don't change things ups, my body is going to get into the groove. So, people just have to get on the Internet and do a little research as to different exercises they can do. For eating, a portion of protein, a portion of complex carb, and a veggie. Accompany it with water. Not the greatest eating, but you've done your greatest eating to get to your greatest weight. I try to look at it as eating shouldn't be a pleasure...it should be a necessity...to fuel your body. Yes, I like tasty food, but I've tinkered with recipes enough where I've found some of my favorites that are still healthy. Amazing what certain spices can do!
Anyway, just stick to the plan, and don't cheat yourself, and you'll see results! Remember why you made the decision to change, and remember how you felt before you started the challenge, and that should fuel your desire to continue with the program.
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