Fat Loss Is NOT A “Slow” Process (People Are Just Impatient)

What’s up, guys? Sean Nalewanyj, seannal.com, realscienceathletics.com. In this video today, I want to challenge the
commonly-held idea that fat loss is a, quote-unquote, “slow and gradual process” and just offer
a different perspective here that I think you might find helpful. Before I get started with the video, guys,
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on YouTube. Is fat loss really a, quote-unquote, “slow
process”? I’ve referred to it that way in the past myself. I get that it’s a matter of perspective, but
lately, my thought on it is that it isn’t that fat loss happens slowly. It’s just that people have a skewed idea as
to what realistically constitutes a fast or slow process. Now, fast and slow are subjective terms, and
so there technically isn’t one right or wrong answer here, but I would say that if you really
break it all down and you put the fat-burning process into context within your overall life
as whole, then with the right program in place, you actually can lose body fat and improve
your overall physique relatively quickly. Fat loss isn’t necessarily a slow process. Most people are just too impatient, and they
expect too much too quickly. Now, weekly fat loss rates will vary depending
on the person. It depends how much body fat you’re carrying
right now and how large of a calorie deficit you’re comfortable using, but assuming you
have a proper plan in place and you’re staying reasonably consistent with it, most people
in most situations should be able to drop at least one pound per week on average up
to about two pounds. Some people who are significantly overweight
can often lose fat even faster than that, at least in the initial stages of their program,
but let’s go with somewhere between one to two pounds per week for the average person
who’s looking to lean down and lose their excess fat. That’s not a slow rate of progress. That’s actually a pretty significant change
over a relatively short period of time. That means in one month, you can lose somewhere
between 4-8 pounds, in two months, 8-16 pounds in three months, 12-24 pounds. In my view, any process where you can see
results that significant in just three months should not be viewed as a slow process because
three months is not a long time in the overall picture. For a lot of people, depending on how much
fat they’re carrying and how lean they’re trying to get, that might be all they need
in order to reach their fat loss goal. If you can go from A to B with a particular
goal in three months, then I really don’t think there’s anything to complain about there
from a time perspective. Now, if you’re carrying more fat or you’re
trying to get leaner, then, yeah, maybe three months isn’t enough. Maybe you need six months. Even still, when you consider how long it
took you to gradually put that excess weight on and you consider how quickly one month
goes by, and then you fit that into the context of your life as a whole, I mean, if you live
an average lifespan of, say, 80 years, six months represents less than half a 1% of your
entire life. That’s a pretty small fraction. Even if you don’t necessarily reach your ultimate
goal after six months, the bottom line is that you’ll still have made very significant
progress by that time. There will probably be ups and downs along
the way. No one’s perfectly consistent with their program,
so maybe there are some setbacks that pop up and that slow you down here and there,
but if you average, say, 1.5 pounds, that’s still 36 pounds you’ll have dropped by that
point, which will make a huge difference to how you look and feel. Even at one pound per week, so 24 pounds after
six months, that’s still very good progress, not to mention that fat loss isn’t the only
benefit that you’ll be seeing along the way. You’ll likely also gain some muscle if you’re
doing things right, you’ll be getting physically stronger, your health will improve, your cardiovascular
fitness will improve, your mood, your confidence. There’s a whole package of benefits that you’ll
be getting all throughout that process within a relatively short period. If six months isn’t long enough to get you
all the way to point B, maybe you’re significantly overweight and you need to drop quite a bit
of fat, okay, so maybe it takes a year. Even one year is not a long time in the grand
scheme to get from point A to point B with a significant goal, such as transforming your
entire body and your lifestyle and your mindset. There are other life goals people work on
that take a lot longer than that. Someone could work for three or five or 10
years-plus trying to create a successful business, for example, and still never succeed at it. That’s the other thing when it comes to fitness,
which is that the end result is essentially a built-in guarantee as long as you’re on
the right program and you stick with it. It’s not the same as some other goals like
starting a business where you can literally work your ass off for years on end with no
guarantee that your efforts are even going to pay off, whereas with a proper training
and nutrition strategy in place, it’s just a matter of following the steps and being
consistent, and you will achieve the results. A lot of other areas in life are much more
up in the air where there’s no set timeline for when you’re going to see the results you’re
after or any guarantee that you’ll even get that final result at all, so not only is fat
loss a relatively fast process in the overall scheme, but you also have the added benefit
of knowing upfront that you basically can’t fail as long as you put in the effort and
you stay consistent. Bottom line here, rather than thinking of
fat loss as this slow, arduous process, instead, try changing your perspective a bit on what
it actually means for something to be slow or fast in the first place. I’m not encouraging you to rush things. Again, one to two pounds a week on average
is probably what you should expect, and if you’re going much faster than that, then it
probably isn’t going to be sustainable, and you’re likely going to eventually burn out
and have to slow down. But if you have it in your mind that three
months or six months or even one year is this massive time frame that you’re going to have
to slowly grind through in order to reach your goals, you’ll be a lot more likely to
feel demotivated or maybe never even get started at all, whereas on the other hand, if you
really put things into context, consider how fast one week or one month goes by, wave that
off against your life as a whole, remember that there are other life goals that take
a lot longer than that, and keep in mind that your results are a built-in guarantee with
virtually no chance of failure if you just implement the program, then it becomes a lot
more manageable in your mind, and you’ll be a lot more likely to actually stick with it
all the way through. If you did find this piece of advice helpful
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