WHY DO SOME PEOPLE JUST NOT REACH THEIR WELL INTENDED GOALS!

WHY DO SOME PEOPLE JUST NOT REACH THEIR WELL INTENDED GOALS! 1

Hi folks!

In preparation for my target body fat of 3% by 20 September, I have taken the wise step of seeing a bodybuilding diet coach. Such coaches are experts in the field of body manipulation through dieting and although I know a fair bit, to get to a contest ready shape and fat levels it takes matters to a whole new level.

The lady who is my diet coach is herself a serious athlete and bodybuilder. The easiest way to get into contact with people like this is to just ask your favorite local shredded bodybuilder to point you in the direction of his coach. In a future article, I will give more insight as to exactly why it is so important to have that diet coach, but for now, here is a piece written by my coach that can help you a lot to get to your goals.

Happy training! Cheers

Gert Louw

WHY DO SOME PEOPLE JUST NOT REACH THEIR WELL INTENDED GOALS!!

1) you don’t commit your goal to black and white, which means you give it a thought, but you never actual write them down. To reach any goal, you have to make the time to actually write the goals down, and be specific with what you want to achieve.

a) I wanted to see my six pack
b) I wanted to achieve my Springbok colours in Body building
c) I was tired of being the fat one on stage in a line-up of hardcore bodybuilding women with a body fat of 6%. . . and so on. 

2) you have to give yourself a dead line as to when you actually want to achieve this goal.
Each year when I am getting myself ready to compete, I work my way backwards. So I estimate the time that I have to be ready and work the weeks backwards to make sure I arrive there on time and in the right shape

3) Before you start with any eating plan or diet. . . you have to estimate how much calories you are getting in now
Even I have made this mistake once before (because I should know how much I must eat to get lean), but I tried to follow my eating plan that I used the first time, and it just didn’t work. So I had to put myself down, and add up all the calories I get in on a day (everything) and take it from there. When I do an eating plan for my clients, this is exactly what I have to do with all of them before I even think of giving them their eating plan, or recommended daily calories. It differs from person to person, because of a lot of different reasons, which I will go into next month, but for now, I just want to get you back on track to do it right.

I know to work your calories out is a bit of work you have to do now, but if you are not prepared to do that, then you are probably not ready for the work it takes to actually reach that “mean, lean” fighting- machine physique you have always dreamt of. Otherwise, get someone to work it out for you then, or just pucker-up, take some, “ME”, time, and get your starting point sorted. You can’t go anywhere if you don’t know where you are at this point. To move forward you need a staring point!

4) If you have established your calories (or got someone like myself to do it for you) then you have to use the following formula for the different goals you might have

A) To loose body fat : drop your calories down by only 10% (unless your calories come to about 1000, that s quite low, then you just keep it there, don’t drop it down). The normal way of dropping calories down by 500, like we have been trained, just doesn’t work. Over the 20 years of working with people and their diets, I have realized that that drop is too much, people just can’t stick to it, the loose the plot and give up. Where with the 10% drop, it works like a bomb. No cravings, great energy and great weight loss (1kg of body fat a week, to be more definite).

B) If you want to add muscle: up the calories by 300 calories per day (this will keep your body fat where it is and you should add on about 2 – 3kg of lean mass in the next month), when you get stuck, up it again by 300 calories. This is just a basic estimate; it also differs from body type to body type, which I will go over next month.

5) Once have your daily calories worked out, and you done the sums required, then divide it into the amount of meals you are able to get in. The more, the better, so no less than 5 and you can go up to 7 or 8, depending on if you want o loose body fat or gain muscle. Most people loose well on 5 or 6 meal plan, where the guys that want to gain, need to push to 7 or 8 meals or snacks or even shakes. So say you are getting in 1500 calories, divide this by 5 meals. Now you have to divide your protein, carbs and fat in equal portions, so divide the total you have by 3 (1500 / 3 = 500 ) and then again by 4 to get the amount of protein and carbs you should get in (= 125g per day), or by 9 to get the total amount of fat (55 g of fat per day) (each gram of protein / carbs gives you 4 calories, and each gram of fat gives you 9 calories). Hope I haven’t lost you yet . . . ???? Once you have those amounts, divide it into the amount of meals you will be getting in per day. So you will have almost equal amounts of protein, carbs and fat in each meal. The only meal or shake that should not have fat in, is the one you get in right after training. The fat slows down the absorption of, especially carbohydrates, which is great for during the day, because this keeps your sugar levels stable and your body releases less insulin, which is one of our most potent fat storing hormone. But after training the insulin is good, because it will shuttle the amino acids and carbs into your muscle and aid in recovery and muscle growth.

6) How to monitor your progress: in order to stay motivated, you have to monitor yourself, AND THAT DOES NOT MEAN GETTING ON THE SCALE EVERY DAY! You can weigh yourself once a week, if you have to, but the better way of monitoring your progress, is to take body fat readings, and with a fat calliper is the most accurate. If there is no one close by that can do that for you, then the tape measure works just fine. I never take my own body fat reading; I only go by tape measure and mirror. So make sure you measure in the same place each time, otherwise the reading can differ. For women, take hip and waste measurement, unless you as a male are also caring body fat on your hips, then do the same. Otherwise men really only need to take waste measurement. For each cm you drop per week, you can be sure you have dropped 1kg of fat.

By monitoring yourself you will keep yourself motivated to carry on, because that is what it boils down to, to reach your goal, CONSISTANCY! If it is working for one week, don’t change anything. Don’t try and fix something that is not broken; it will work again the next week and the week thereafter, so just stick to it. Before long one month will be gone and you would have lost 4kg of body fat or gained 2-3 kg of muscle. The mirror will now start to be a good motivation as you will see change from here on, so nothing wrong with having a look in the mirror while you are training. I know people think body builders are vain. In fact they are very shy and the mirror is there to keep us motivated.

Wow! I bit of biology here and some work to do, but you have to understand your body better to be able to start making changes in your eating habits, and eventually in your life. So in the next 12 months I want to take you on that journey to get to know your hormones better, understand your body better and be able to walk the road of freedom! Freedom to make the right choices, and see the results you so desperately want to see.

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In the deepest south of South Africa you will find me. Dwelling in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. I live close to God and try to follow in the footsteps of Christ as led the Holy Spirit. I am a fitness freak right now…but struggle with the cardio – my body just not built for much cardio! The weights I LOVE throwing around! The battle against the weights and intense strength required, is really my cup of tea! I am one of those LOUD guys in gym while training, that’s why I train when as little as possible people around…lol! Starting now with my building phase (3 months) and me and my training partner is really pushing each other to new heights. He is more cardio orientated than me so he is currently KILLING ME! SO 6-PACK, I AM WAITING…SHOW ME HOW DEEP YOUR CUTS CAN GO! Other passions include Karate and Judo and wrestling (and off course surfing for many years). Karate I did for many years, Judo 4 yrs and for a short period kickboxing until I was knocked silly one time with blood all over and teeth protruding through my lip, but if I have to choose over, I would choose wrestling…simply because of the brutal power against power game with your opponent. Love it. Love my home theatre hobby, making youtube videos and spending time with family! Can’t wait for 4K projectors to hit mainstream! For those interested, this blog is my database of all my fitness and transformation knowledge. And NO (!) I am not getting any money for it, not selling anything on it and neither do I promote anything on it or getting sponsored by anybody. My blog is simply where I want to help other guys living a healthier life and become the best they can be, inside and out and ultimately it is my legacy I want to leave my one and only son – now 7 y/o and already eager to get his 6-pack! I started my healthy living after a very close call with death at age 40 and since then fighting against severe kidney and liver damage. Don’t like talking about it, but this is now 10 years after I was given 2 years to live. After much hardship one of my main aims now is to assist other guys with healthy living and transforming themselves inside and out. I don’t know how much grace will still be given me, but I live now every moment to be the best I can be. To be the best bodybuilder I can be, the best father, best husband and best friend to those whom my paths crosses. I want to live a life worth living and not just do what excites me or pleases me. Living with grace everyday, death becomes a closer reality. This is how I view it: ~DEATH~ A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to Leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side..’ Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know..’ ‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?’ The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.. He knew nothing except that his master was here, And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, But I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.’ Feel free to contact me directly if you wish. Reading this far, the last bit important info on me you need to know, is that my anchor in life is Jesus Christ. Please bear in mind, English is my 2nd language and as a result their might be spelling, grammatical and other language errors in my blog – I do apologise for this! Wish you all many blessings. Gert Louw

2 thoughts on “WHY DO SOME PEOPLE JUST NOT REACH THEIR WELL INTENDED GOALS!

  1. Cutting Phase workout Question: You stated that the Cutting Phase workout is at 80% intensity. Does that mean go to failure on 1 of 4 working sets (still do 14 working sets for each muscle)? Or each working set is only moderately difficult (80 of Building Phase weight but at 12 reps which should not result in muscle failure).

    Thank you ahead of time.

    PS Please disclose how I can financial supporting your efforts. I would like to show my appreciation for your services and knowledge.

    Cheers

    1. Hi Kenneth,

      In the cutting phase your goal is just to keep the muscle you have an not really built muscle. Muscle is built by the training to failure concept. So when I say 80% I mean you still do the same excercises and same amount of reps and sets, but now with about 80% of the weight you used in the building phase. This will mean that you will not train to failure anymore but always have some reserve energy/power. This is good because this now also allows the tendons and joints to recover and training at 80% of your max will not result in smaller muscles.
      PS – In earlier posts in my blog I supported a higher rep range in the cutting phase. But I am now of the opinion that that might be slightly counter productive and result in decreases muscle size. I’ve touched ground with many professional bodybuilders and coaches and believe now that the wiser approach is to stick to the exact same amount of reps and sets in your cutting and building but just lower your weight sizes you lift by approximately 20%.
      I am not doing this for money but if you do want to make contribution, my paypal account is: gertlouwljc@hotmail.com
      Wish you musch success my friend
      Gert

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