How Long Should It Take to See Results?

26 Feb

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There is no simple answer out there for this question.  The question of how long it should take before someone begins to see the results of their training?  The simple answer is, it depends.  It depends on how much extra weight the person is carrying to begin with.  It depends on how often the person is training and how intense the sessions are.  It depends on that individual’s eating habits, etc.  There is no black and white answer to this question.  There are, however, general guidelines that can help steer you in the right direction and let you know if what you are doing is getting you closer to your goal in the most effective way possible.

Depending on how often you exercise and the intensity of your workouts, you should give it between four to eight weeks before you start seeing some muscle definition.  I know that seems like a long time but you can rest assured that there will be other signs of progress during this time such as increased energy, and not getting winded after climbing a set of stairs – which, in the grand scheme of things, are much more important factors in life than developing a six-pack.  Having said that, however, if muscle definition is what you’re after, keep on with the training and you will see results.  As the muscles develop, the fat begins to shed and the definition begins to emerge.

If patience is not your forte, I strongly suggest trying HIIT (high intensity interval training) at least 3-4 days a week.  These higher intensity workouts get your heart rate up while doing strength-based workouts.  The mix up of different exercises confuses the body which is like shocking it, and all this assists in getting better results quicker.  The good thing about this kind of training is that most of the exercises can be done in less than 20 minutes.  That old-fashioned mentality that you need to spend hours in the gym is exactly that…OLD!!  Get it out of your head!  Try these 12-minute workouts at http://www.dailyhiit.com.

IMPORTANT to always remember to give your body rest.  Pushing yourself too hard is never a good thing.  Your body needs time to recover; to repair the muscles you’ve been working so hard.  Always give yourself off-days between your workouts  to allow your body the time it needs to repair itself.  It will also decrease the risk of injury and an injured body is not one you can work with so take good care of it.  I have actually seen a difference when I take a day off mid-week and then again at the end of the week.  It’s almost as if the muscle appears after my day of rest!!  How’s that for motivation?

Last but not least, don’t forget about your diet.  Be sure to have a balanced diet which includes protein.  Remember, proteins are the building blocks for strong muscles.  Without enough protein in your diet, you will not allow your muscles to properly recover from intense workouts.  Protein can come from many sources other than animal products so if you’re not sure where to get your protein from, be sure to check out some of my recipes.  Don’t have time to cook a meal?  Protein shakes are my every day go-to post workout meal.

Sounds like a lot?  It really isn’t.  Simply put, consistency is key.  Bringing your diet in check and adding HIIT workouts to your routine 3-4 times a week can essentially help someone see muscle definition within a month’s time.  But what’s the rush?  Haven’t you ever heard the saying that good things come to those who wait?  If you are sticking to your plan and being diligent, trust me, the results will come!

Until  next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!!

Lisa

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