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Stop Blaming Genetics or a Medical Condition For The Lack Of Weight Loss or Body Transformation!

9 March 2010 No Comment

Even when following one of the most effective extreme fitness programs to get in shape, lose weight, burn body fat, raise your metabolism, or gain muscle and strength, like P90X, INSANITY, or Turbo Jam Maximum Results, many that don’t see the progress that they should be instantly want to point the finger in every which direction, but the right one.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone, because of their lack of weight loss or muscle gain, want to right away blame it all on genetics!  Why haven’t you lost weight in the last 2 months? “Oh, must be my slow-metabolism genetics!”  Why do your arms still look like toothpicks?  “Oh, it must be my hardgainer genes!”  Why haven’t you been able to see your abs yet?  “Oh, it’s those pesky genetics….the way that I’m built!”  Or, instantly want to come up with some complicated medical condition that they somehow were able to diagnose on their own, even though they aren’t doctors, nor have gotten the proper blood test to determine them.

For example, “Must be my thyroid!”  Now, I’m not taking anything away from anyone that legitimately suffers from a health condition that could indeed make it difficult to transform your body.  However, these cases are a very low percentage of most trainers.  99% of the time the problem is not genetics or some mysterious medical condition that’s halting weight loss or muscle gain progress.  No, in fact if I were a betting man I would say that the real problem is 1 of 2 things, if not both:  either the person is not working out consistently or intensely enough to force the body to burn calories and raise the metabolism, or the person is simply eating too many calories, not placing the body in the crucial calorie deficit that’s necessary to force the body to tap into and burn stored body fat for fuel and energy.

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