6) Having Unrealistic Expectations:
No matter what the hyped up bodybuilding supplement advertisements say, you are not going to build a massive muscular physique in one month, especially if you are not in that great of shape to begin with. Nor will you be able to transform yourself from a soft pudgy couch potato to sporting a ripped buff beach body in the matter of weeks by popping a few diet pills or slugging down a magic muscle drink.
Keep your goals realistic. A new lifter expecting to bench press 315 pounds in his first month of working out is just flat out ridiculous. And likewise, an overweight person thinking that they’ll lose 50 lbs. within a few weeks of dieting is also absurd.
However, with patience, dedication, and a realistic training approach you will become stronger, leaner, and more muscular. When it comes to bodybuilding, most people “over-estimate” how hard it will be, and “under-estimate” how long it will take.
Changing your body composition, either in the way of building muscle mass, or burning bodyfat, takes time. You can’t rush things.
During a bulk up muscle building phase, you are on the right track if you’re gaining 1 pound of muscular bodyweight per week. Anymore then this and you’ll just be putting on excess bodyfat.
And when training for fat loss, you can realistically expect to lose at most 2 pounds of bodyfat per week. Anymore then this and you’ll be sacrificing lean muscle mass in the process.
At first this may seem like very slow progress. But keep in mind if you follow through consistently, those numbers add up quickly. And over the course of several months you can make some very impressive body composition changes and totally transform your physique.
The time is going to pass by anyway, so why not make the most of it and take the action steps necessary to build a leaner, stronger, more muscular body. So then in 6 months or a years time you can look back and be proud of your physique transformation. And then you’ll have all of your friends, family, and gym buddies looking at you in awe and wondering how you did it.