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I think we are all adult enough now to know the addage of you can achieve anything you set your mind to' is somewhat of a fallacy. It doesnt matter how much 'want it' or how hard I train, the likelihood of me being a world class jocky weighing (at my adult lightest) around 80kg means my dreams of a derby win are minimal.
When you scrawl through the gram though its easy to think that EVERYONE except you is stacked and jacked... And that is simply not true.
It takes time, effort and plenty of mistakes for most people to even achieve a physique that would be 'meh' by social media standards. These guys and girls are the top 1% of the 1%. Its one big confirmation bubble and while this seems like a haters post its not. I know a lot of people in the industry and many intentions are pure. My problem is I feel it can skew the idea that:
A) Anything is achievable for anybody
B) The time it takes to achieve certain looks or performance is uniform across the spectrum of genetics, age, finance, social and a myriad of other external factors. And don't even get me started on the drugs...
So what is achievable? Well it depends on your starting point obviously. But as ageneral rule of thumb, weight loss seems to be at around 1-1.5% of your bodyweight per week. Anything more, and you're probably losing a bit of muscle in there too. for muscle gain, Its around 0.5-1.5% of muscle gain per month. Again these are SWEEPING generalisations. But we've got to start somewhere and its better to underestimate and be pleasantly suprised.
The key takeaway here is to manage your expectations appropriately. Because unrealistic expectations and a 'doomed to fail' approach will ultimately leave people demotivated. Inflexible expectations often lead to disappointment, especially when you expect things to come more easily than they do or, when they manifest in a different way.