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How long does it take to get in shape?

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When the weather gets warmer everyone is on the search for getting in shape. Some people start early while others may start a little later. There is no magic formula to burn off those unwanted love handles or bulk up with muscle. However, with proper nutrition and training, you will be on your way to a healthier you.

So how long does it take to get in shape anyway?
Well, this answer is different for everyone. The success is dependent on what one defines as "in shape". Some want to lose fat while others want to add muscle. Generally, you could see results within 8-12 weeks. Reaching goal depends on your current lifestyle, commitment level and many other factors. Remember that your body has been accustomed to certain way of living and it may take time to readjust.

Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

Understand your goals
If you hop in your car and start driving without knowing what your destination is, you may end up somewhere you didn't want to be. This falls true in achieving successful weight loss/gain. Your goals have to be achievable and timeable. It's a step-by-step process and may take more time for some than others.

Understand your body type
There are 3 main body types. Ectomoporh, Endomorph and Mesomorph. An explanation of these body types can be found by clicking here. Why this is important is because once you understand which of these types you are classified under, you'll have a better understanding of what you need to do to achieve your goals.

Listen to your body
In the previous paragraph you researched which body type you are more closely related to. Though there may be certain training methods for each, it is very important to listen to your body as well. Everyone responds to nutrition and training differently. With a little trial and error, you'll find your "sweet spot” where your body responds to what you are doing. A great way to find this is by keeping track of what and when you eat, how you train and how often in addition to the intensity of your training. Keeping a log will help you visualize what is working for your body.

You are what you eat... so eat right!
This is probably the most simple yet the hardest rule to follow. Basically, if you eat tons of fatty foods, well... you'll know what happens. On the other hand, if you eat clean foods, you'll be feeding your body the nutrients it needs to keep up with your training and everyday routines.

Be consistent
Consistency is the key factor to your success. Part of reaching your goals is to push yourself beyond your limits. Definitely not to the point of going to the hospital or anything; but to the point where you are telling your body you are changing. Your body will not want to do the things you’re doing because it has found it's equilibrium at the status you are in now. So for the first week or so, you'll be extra sore, tired and feeling a little different. Rest assured that your body will realize it will have to adapt to what you are doing. This is where you'll start seeing results.

Always be safe when beginning a new training or nutrition program. You would want to consult with your doctor especially if you have pre-existing conditions. Remember to never give up and push through, as this is what will get you to your goals faster.

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