Man trying to pick up gal at the bar, "Have you heard of the saying "you are what you eat"?"
Gal gives a half smile, "I don't believe I have."
Man continues, "Well, it's a simple concept. I could be you in the morning!"
Seriously, you are what you eat :-) How you look is largely attributable to what you eat (80%) and partially on your workout frequency, intensity etc (20%).
Let me explain further...
When I first started weight training, my entire focus was on the intensity and frequency of training. From straight sets to dropsets, and from supersets to pyramids (both half and full), I was gradually increasing the load over time. I also worked out 4 times a week, sometimes even 5 times. However, my dedication and perseverence didn't translate to any significant positive result. The input (workout) didn't quite equate to the output/result (muscle size, density etc). I was frustrated to say the least.
I felt like giving up. "What a waste of time! I'm better off hanging out with my friends or go pick-up/court some chicks!"
But vanity got the better of me and I continued for 2 years without seeing any real results.
Frustration was mounting and approaching the pinnacle when I started befriending some other guys at the gym. We exchanged ideas on training programme etc. But the ultimate difference was introduction by my new friend, SLY, to the importance of food and nutrition, i.e. "clean" and low fat food consumed every 2.5-3.0 hours or about 6 times a day. Say you need to consume a total of 2,400 calories a day, you just simply break that into 6 parts of 400 calories per meal. Back then, my weight was about 200lbs so I needed 300g (ratio of 1.5g for every 1lb of body weight during bulking stage) of protein everyday, which translates to 50g of protein per meal . The concept of breaking down your total required calories per day into 6 portions applies for both bulking or cutting stages, with the only difference being the total calories (and amount of protein) consumed.
When I initially started with my new eating regime, Mummio wasn't pleased plus worried with the change. "Why are you always eating (from previously 3 times to 6 times)? Aren't you afraid of getting fat (most people will think this way)? It's not healthy to be eating so much (she didn't know the overall portion size was the same, just that I broke it into 6 portions)."
"Don't worry, Mummio. I know what I'm doing. You'll notice the difference in due course."
I maintained my workout program (I did pretty much the same things) but changed my eating habit and saw immediate results within the first month! I was
so excited that my hard work and dedication was finally paying off! I
was growing larger gradually and my muscles were getting thicker, and as a result I was lifting heavier weights! I started getting noticed at the gym too....WOOHOO...by ladies (awesome!) and gay men (thanks, but no thanks!).
If I had known this earlier, I wouldn't have wasted the initial 2 years. It's just a simple concept..."eat right and train hard".
Remember, you are what you eat! ROFLMAO!!! :-P