We all know Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare.
The slow and steady tortoise ends up winning the race because the overly confident hare decides to take a nap halfway through after it gets a big lead.
This same morale can be applied to anyone who wants to make major changes to their health, like losing a lot of weight or trying to get really strong really fast.
But with a twist.
What most people do is become the hare, but instead of napping they go too hard.
They decide to all of a sudden spend an absurd amount of time in the gym, and their bodies are not used to that sort of thing.
Nor does their busy lifestyle support such a thing long term.
Or they go way too hard with their workouts and get injured, which means they can no longer workout for a period of time, and then never get back on track.
When it comes to their nutrition, they make massive changes like severely restricting calories, which causes the body to overreact with unbearable feelings of hunger cravings.
They decide to cut out entire food groups, or even particular macronutrients as a whole (namely fats or carbohydrates).
Again, they get too aggressive too quickly, and it’s not sustainable.
It’s also not necessary.
They never finish the race at all, never mind being the first loser (i.e. 2nd place).
You have the rest of your life to work on this, and your body actually prefers the slow and steady approach.
Go out there and win already.