I have been looking at the threads a lot lately and wanted to put together some information that I think can help some people. Kind of like a quick Reference if you will. I'm sure this has been done but I wanted to post my own two cent on it.
1. "Your goal should be to be healthy, Not a certain weight and then to stop."
I say this because I see a lot of people saying they want to be a certain weight. You should research with a Doctor or a personal trainer,(Or hell the internet) to find out what Healthy for you.
2. "Don't change your diet, Change your eating habits."
Diets don't really work. They might work for the short term, but look at Atkins. Almost as soon as you stop fallowing it, its comes back with vengeance. Change your eating habits. If you change it slowly over time, the results will be better if you try to stop could turkey. Some can do this (Like with soda, Sweets, Fatty foods, and over abundance of carb) but its not the norm. Take it slow and get use to it, and chance in you appearance and eating habits with it.
3. " You are what you eat."
That being said about your diet(Now using term to describe what you ingest) You should research what you need to eat for what you want. If you don't want to put on muscle you don't need to take protein shakes everyday. If you want to bulk up, eating just salads everyday wont help you. We live in the age where knowledge is truly only a click away, don't just go off what your friends and family say, look into it. It should be important to you.
4. "Its didn't get on you over night, don't expect it to leave over night."
I can not state this one enough. I know many people who will start working out hard and eating(What they think or have been told is-)Right, Only to be very discouraged with they check the scale to see little to no change(If not back tracking) in the first month. The reason why this happens because it takes time for the body to change. Also that Muscle weights much more then fat. Give yourself about a month, and please don't check the scale more then once a week(Its the easiest way to get discouraged).
5. "Everyone's different. Don't get mad or discouraged because of others."
Every ones body is diff rent. I know people who can eat all the sweets and carbs they want, and still have a amazing body, well others have to bust there bottoms for very little change. Getting mad and stopping won't fix anything. However, getting mad and using it to push yourself can be good.
6. "Working out is great, But if you don't rest, it wont change."
Resting can be just as important as working out. If you do 500 push ups a day for a month, I doubt you will get much improvement(You might ever go backwards). When you work out its tearing the muscle fibers and putting lactic acid on them. If you don't give them time to heal, it wont do you any good. A diet full of good foods with Potassium will help with this( like bananas and Spinach, Popeye wasent lieing)will help speed up recovery time along with being very hydrated. Working out certin body parts a day works well(In my appion) like Chest and arms one day, Abs the next, and legs the day after and then go back to arms and chest.
7. "If you don't push yourself, you won't change."
The best way to get better or faster is to push youself as hard as you can for as long as you can when you work out. After working out for some time you will learn the diffrence between good hurt and bad hurt(Silly I know but still). Pushing yourself takes time to get use too but its for the best.
Originally Posted by Rjr3412
"Does it pass the common sense test?"
Whenever I see things like super low calorie diets, eating certain foods to "boost" metabolism, spinning in circles to lose fat or other similar nonsense; I have to wonder why anyone would believe it. Does it sound healthy? Does it sound maintainable? Can you think of a logical reason why something might be true? If it passes all of these options, then consider as a possibility.
Originally Posted by ne0ven0m
The only 2 constants I can think of are hard work and consistency. You let those two principles guide your approach to a healthier life, and you will achieve it.
These are just a few. If theres anything Else that y'all can think of let me know and I'll add it. This is just some other most common things I have seen being posted about in the threads.