… and other lies we tell ourselves about supplements, our weight loss journey, and change.
You haven’t completed your weight loss journey, right? You feel like you still have some weight to release before you’re ready to work out, get into a gym, begin an exercise regimen, or start a new routine. And let me guess — as soon as you release those 5, 10, 20, or 30 more pounds, you’ll get moving. Heck, you may even consider a workout supplement or two.
The First Lie: You’re not a gym type of person.
One of the most annoying things dietitians and trainers hear from clients is, “I’m not ready to work out, let alone take workout supplements.”
But, what if you found out that working out is one key to losing that weight — and at a faster rate?
All it takes is shifting your perception and understanding a couple of key concepts. Exercise is just a part of your journey to not just lose weight but also see yourself as a powerhouse, an active workout slayer who makes fat cry and muscles pop. Yes, that type of person.
How do you get there? By flipping a switch? Posting on Facebook? Just walking into a gym? Where do you begin or turn for help?
Look no further, seeker of knowledge. This is only the beginning. Keep reading, and go ahead — post that workout selfie on Facebook if you want. (Your friends will be happy for you!)
The Second Lie: You aren’t ready to learn all that complicated stuff about when to take what supplement and why.
Whether you are totally new to working out, have run half-marathons, have streamed workout routines, or are just dreaming about that new body of yours, you’re ready.
There, that’s it. You are now ready for AMPED™, our product line of workout supplements that will get you the results you are looking for faster.
So, take the words “I’m not ready” out of your vocabulary. You are ready. And you’re going to learn a secret. Learning the basics is not hard — it just sounds complicated.
Here are the four things you need to know:
1. Timing is key.
The nutrient timing of food and supplements is broken down into three distinct phases:
Each one is important and sets the stage for the next phase. Missing out on proper nutrient delivery during these critical times could be hindering your progress.
2. Supplements are just tools.
Taking supplements will not get you “jacked” or change your body type. They are simply tools that are designed to work with your body’s natural functions. When you work out or take part in any exercise or activity, your body immediately jumps into action.
Supplements are designed to prime and boost your body, increase performance or burn fat during exercise, or help you recover quicker.
Some protein supplements can be taken at any time throughout the day to help your body continually repair and create lean muscle.
3. Hard work is 90% mental.
Working out can be so difficult sometimes, right? But, stop right there and really think for a second. When you are in the middle of a workout, are you really thinking, “OMG, this is so hard I want to sit on the couch and eat chips!”? You may instead be thinking, “OMG, look at that forearm muscle pop. I am amazing.”
Truth is, the hardest thing about working out is committing mentally to starting. Your brain is predominantly made up of gray and white matter, not muscle. So, getting it to change shouldn’t be as hard as we make it out to be. Muscle, well, that’s another issue.
4. Protein is your friend.
Speaking of creating lean muscle, protein can help! In fact, protein can reduce your hunger and appetite.
When you’re regularly exercising, your body undergoes muscle protein synthesis (MPS) to either build or rebuild proteins in the body. Muscle growth and shaping occurs when rates of MPS exceed that of muscle breakdown. A protein supplement can help with this and show you how your muscles are shaping into what you’ve been working hard for.
The Third Lie: You’re just trying to lose some weight, not become bulky and muscular.
Muscle is what you want. Muscle creates shape and curves and makes you strong. Strong enough to pick up your kids, run with joy, and make it through the day with a smile on your face. What’s more, when you add muscle to your body, you can lower your body fat percentage in a variety of ways.
Tell yourself that you do want to work on creating muscle and strength. Whether you decide to work out in a gym, outside, at home, or however you like … you’re ready for anything. Embrace that healthy change.
Because yes, you can be that type of person.