We all recognize that on some level fat-loss is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. Typically, if you follow a plan you lose body-fat. The trouble is following the plan.
One of the stumbling blocks that I haven’t heard any coaches or nutritionists talk about (which doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been talked about) that is common among nearly every individual—natural bodybuilder or every day Jane—is best summarized by a recent conversation I had with a female client who is prepping for her first natural bodybuilding contest.
She’s made incredible strides with fat-loss in the past 5 months. But despite being her all-time leanest and extremely well defined by competition standards she said, “My body looked better when I was a few pounds heavier.”
Similarly I’ve been told the same from non-bodybuilding clients who although overweight, reached a certain point in their fat-loss where their body looked—for lack of a better term—“awkward”, compared to being just a few pounds heavier. Mind you they were still overweight at this point.
And I’ve noticed the same of myself during competition prep. There typically comes a time early on in my prep when despite being leaner I’m not lean in the areas I need it most resulting in that “awkward” appearance.
This is a critical juncture for anyone losing weight because when you’re at this stage it is very easy to abandon what you’re doing.
I mean heck, if you don’t look as good as you did just a couple of pounds heavier, why keep pushing to lose more, right?
However this is the time when you have to ignore the mirror and keep pushing forward. It’s an unfortunate fact that we lose body-fat indiscriminately.
You don’t get to pick and choose where fat comes off first. And even more unfortunately, where you want it to come off most is usually where it comes off last. This is the real culprit and reason for the disproportionate appearance being discussed.
So what’s the point?
The point is, don’t quit!
Don’t allow a momentary inconvenience or displeasure with your appearance prevent you from attaining the physique you desire most. Celebrate this stage in your fat-loss because it indicates what you really want is right around the corner.