Miracle workout programs (or programs that appear to be miracle workers) are only as effective as the nutrition behind them. You can work yourself until you are blue in the face, or until you literally pass out, but if the nutrition is not accurate, your results will be extremely limited and minimal.
Your body is only capable of looking as good as you feed it. You cannot out-train a bad diet. Each time someone asks how much change they can expect in a period of time, my answer is always the same...it depends on how good your nutrition is (or how well you follow the eating plan).
There are trainers and television promos that would have you believe if you only follow their workout plans, your body will be magazine worthy in 90 days or less. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Your body is not built on 80% training and 20% diet. Its basically the other way around. Get the nutrition right and the body will follow.
While everyone is not exactly the same in terms of metabolism rates and athletic ability, certain principles of eating will work for everybody. Here are some that work and work every single time if followed:
- Eat lean meats and veggies every meal. Veggies should be fresh or frozen (and by the way frozen are often better since they typically are frozen quickly to preserve freshness...while fresh may be days before it is in the store ready for purchase).
- Eat 5 to 6 small meals each and every day. Your metabolism will speed up by doing this task alone. Your metabolism is like a fire and throwing small piles of sticks on it throughout the day will keep it roaring...while putting a big log on it twice a day will cause it to smolder and go out.
- Drink plenty of water each day. One gallon minimum per day is a good start.
- Avoid simple sugars completely. They have no benefit to you as you strive to get the body you want.
- Do resistance training at least 3 times per week. Supplement by doing some cardio.