“If you’re already lean, or just have 10-15 pounds (4.5-7kg) of fat to lose, 90 days can be a realistic amount of time to see results,” he captioned a recent Instagram post. “But if you’re hoping to lose 40+ pounds (18kg) or go from “fat to fit” in a mere 12 weeks, you’re only setting yourself up for failure.”
He reasons that changing deeply-rooted behaviours (say, picking up the banana bread over a banana) is a long-term project, and therefore unlikely to happen overnight. Several of his followers agreed:
“Been working hard and gained a bit of muscle and lost some fat. It’s been 6 months and I am still far from where I would like to be but this post is real. Persistence. Perseverance. Patience,” one wrote.
“It really is a process,” added another. “I’m 1yr into my journey & not as lean as I thought I would be. Realistically won’t reach those results until mid-next yr.”
It’s simply a matter of setting realistic goals for yourself and realising that while you can’t go from 30 per cent body fat to “lean ‘n’ mean” in a couple of months, “you can make some awesome progress towards it.”
“There’s nothing wrong with pushing yourself and being motivated by physical results,” James continued the post. “Just don’t let that motivation blind you from what really matters — which is making this whole health & fitness thing an enjoyable lifestyle.”
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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