Arguably one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to fitness is how long will it take before I start to see results? The honest answer to this questions is that “it depends.” There are several factors which will affect how long it will take before you see results such as: what your goal is, where you currently are in relation to that goal, how consistent you are with training and nutrition, your job, other priorities, how much stress you are under, whether or not you are getting adequate sleep and recovery, etc.
Personally I’m not a fan of this question because it seems to suggest that the healthy habits that we create (i.e exercising and eating better) are temporary and when people think in this way they may end up taking more drastic and unsustainable measures to achieve their goals. Instead, we should think of making lifestyle changes by taking small and sustainable steps that we can see ourselves doing for the foreseeable future.
Another reason I’m not a fan of this question is because we are meant to be enjoying the process and journey that we embark on in order to achieve our goals. No matter what your goal is the process to achieving it is never going to be linear. If all you do is think about the end results you may become frustrated and discouraged during the moments that things aren’t going according to plan.
You must remember that you didn’t get where you are overnight so you’re not going to get to where you want to be overnight either. The not so sexy and unmarketable truth about fitness goals is that for the majority of people they will take a long time to achieve. This is one of the reasons that we need to set short-term goals, to keep ourselves motivated along the way. Just because our goals may take longer to achieve doesn’t mean we should give up on them, ultimately the time will pass either way so we may as well spend it doing something productive.
Just some food for thought.