If you read my recent interview with Scott Tousignant you’re probably as impressed by his physical transformation as I am. I’m still going over Scott’s program in which he documents the entire process and will have a review for you soon.
However, I can share with you some of the lessons I learned from the program and from Scott’s interview. I believe that these lessons apply to any diet and fitness process whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscles, or get totally ripped like Scott did. They should help you achieve your physical and health goals faster.
Why I Was Impressed
Scott’s transformation impressed me for a number of reasons:
- It was massive – He lost a lot of body fat and gained a great deal of muscle. The result was a symmetrical, lean, and ripped physique. It wasn’t too bulky and not too thin. It had shape, definition, and power.
- He documented the entire thing – This didn’t happen by accident. Scott documented his entire process on a day by day basis. This means that Scott put a lot of thought into this. He set out a goal and achieved it.
- It didn’t take long – Scott’s entire body sculpting process took 12 weeks. This is not a long time considering the results he got. Some people train for years without coming close to his physique.
Here are some of the lessons I learned:
Planning Your Workouts Helps A Lot
Scott didn’t just go to the gym 4 times a week and did what he felt like. He had a meticulous workout plan which included all of the exercises he was to do, the complete workout structure, the weights and loads, etc. He even spent time on “focusing” for his workouts to get into the right mindset to do them powerfully. You can read more about how to prepare for your workout on my post on how to plan your workouts.
Plan Your Meals
You can’t change your body without feeding it correctly. You need to provide it with the building blocks to build muscle without consuming too many calories to avoid fat gain. You also need to follow a timed eating plan so you know exactly when to eat and what to eat.
Planning your meals is something that Scott Tousignant recommends and I concur. It may make your life a bit more complicated, but if you’re looking to get optimal results, there is really no choice but to do it. Planning your meals involves doing shopping to make sure you have everything you need at home, cooking food in advance so it’s ready when you need it, timing your meals around your workouts (as shown on my post on the best time to eat carbs), and even planning your snacks, cheat meals, and indulgences.
Have Definite Goals with Deadlines
You can’t achieve anything without first setting goals. This is also true for weight loss and muscle building. Scott had a mission, a burning desire: to look his best for his wife, for his business, and for himself. He had a picture of the way he wanted to look and he set a deadline by which he wanted to achieve it.
You can learn a lot from this:
- Have ambitious goals – You can achieve quite a lot if you set your mind to it.
- Make it about important things – Scott didn’t just want to look good for vanity’s sake. He wanted to improve his reputation in the fitness industry, he wanted to look hot for his wife, and he wanted to prove to himself that he could to it. The more powerful your motivation is, the easier it gets to achieve your goals.
- Set deadlines – You can’t just set a goal without a time-frame. You need to have a deadline to keep a sensible pressure on yourself. Otherwise, you may waste a lot of time.
- Have small goals leading to big ones – Have small goals and milestones along the way to your ultimate goal. This will help you stay motivated and give you a taste of success often.
For extra motivation, you need to create an external accountability. You need to have someone to report to or to hold you accountable to the goals you set out to achieve. You can find a friend or a family member to act as your accountability agent or you can do it bigger like Scott did: he actually posted his goals and intentions on his blog and his Facebook page. He made it public and thousands of people knew about it. He didn’t have any choice but to succeed.
Strive for Big Things and not Being Average
Scott Tousignant wasn’t fat before he started this 12 week body sculpting quest. He was in decent shape. However, he didn’t want to be “decent” and he didn’t settle for being average either. He wanted to look awesome. He wanted to be totally ripped, the kind of man women stare at and guys envy.
This is a big lesson. You can only achieve big results when you set out to achieve big results. If you settle for average, that’s all you can ever be. So, don’t sell yourself short. Aim for big things.
It Can Be Both Healthy And Fast
One of the things which trouble me about all sorts of “extreme diet plans” is the notion that you can get either fast results or lose weight in a healthy way. This isn’t true and Scott Tousignant proves it. In just 12 weeks, he got the kind of body that goes on magazine covers. He did it with dedication, intense metabolic resistance training style workouts, a dedicated nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle.
As long as you’re ready to make the effort and you’re not afraid of a lot of hard work, you can achieve fantastic results in a short time and do so in a sustainable and healthy way. So, don’t be tempted by dangerous products for the sake of fast results. They can be achieved in a healthy way.
I’m a big believer in being active every day. You don’t need to do a big workout each day, but it pays to do something. You can take a walk each evening, jump rope at home (my favorite), or ride a recumbent bike. Low intensity cardio helps to relieve muscles, reduce stress, and to burn extra calories.
The lessons you need to learn and to apply in order to achieve your own goals are:
- Plan your workouts.
- Plan your meals.
- Set goals with deadlines.
- Set an accountability system.
- Aim for big achievements.
- Do it in a healthy way.
- Be active every day.
If you follow these lessons, you should see tremendous fat loss and body sculpting results. So, what are you waiting for? Go and apply these lessons in your life from today onward.