5 Lame Excuses People Give for Not Being Fit, Strong, Healthy and Ripped
Mar 29th, 2012
I’m fairly outspoken with people about needing to make their health and fitness a priority. Over the years I’ve heard all kinds of lame excuses individuals use in an attempt to justify their lack of commitment to their health and physical appearance.
As lame and unjustified as these people are for making petty excuses as to why it’s acceptable for them to write off something as important as their health, such people have typically been feeding their brain with these lies for years, and actually believe their excuses to be valid reasons for being complacent about their fitness.
It would require an entire book to go through all the excuses people make, but I want to address 5 of the most common excuses given for not committing to a fit and healthy lifestyle and expose them for the ridiculousness they are.
Excuse #1: I’m Genetically Predisposed to Being Overweight
While it’s true that genetics play a role in a person’s ability to shed fat and build muscle mass, I have yet to hear of anyone that couldn’t get down to a healthy weight, or build substantial amounts of muscle mass, after committing themselves to the right training plan and combining it with proper nutrition.
Even if your genetics are such that you have a higher propensity for storing fat, your genetic disposition isn’t the reason you’re overweight, unhealthy and unhappy with your physical appearance.
The truth is your dietary choices and/or inactive lifestyle has led to your being overweight and unhappy – not your genetics.
I realize this may be hard to hear, but unless someone is straight up with you, you’ll continue to believe the lie that there’s nothing you can do about your situation.
As someone with sub-stellar genetics I can tell you from first-hand experience that with the right training and nutrition plan you absolutely can overcome any genetic hurdles standing in your way and get lean, strong and fit.
Many people shy away from exposing the genetics excuse for what it truly is – a lame excuse. After all, who am I to tell someone else that their genetics aren’t holding them back!
While genetics may contribute slightly to a person’s condition, I’ve yet to meet an individual that couldn’t overcome their genetic predispositions through an effective training and nutrition plan.
Blaming your genetics is a lame excuse for being overweight and out of shape. Instead of sitting around complaining about your situation, do something about!
Excuse #2: I Don’t Have Time to Workout
You don’t have time? Really?
Look, I get that time is our most valuable asset. But, let’s call a spade a spade. It isn’t that you don’t have time… It’s that you’re choosing to spend your time doing other things.
If you have an hour a day to watch television, play video games, mess around on the internet, or engage in any other relatively unimportant activity, you have time to workout.
Exercise doesn’t have to be long and complicated. Go for a jog around your block, buy a $3 jump rope and use it in your garage for 20 minutes, or do some jump squats, push-ups and sit-ups in your living room.
Sure there’ll be days that you’ll want to also spend some time lifting weights to develop your muscles and build your strength, but my point is if you only have 20 or 30 minutes on certain days, just be sure to do something.
In case you’re thinking I don’t understand how hectic your schedule is… I would venture to say that few people have as much on their plate as I do:
• A full-time engineering job
• A Wife and 2 beautiful daughters (and another baby on the way)
• A part-time internet business
• 6 hours per week training
• Occasionally teaching at my church
• Playing baseball and softball two to three days per week 4-5 months out of the year
I have other commitments as well, but I think you get the point… If I can find time to train and eat right, anybody can!
Like any other excuse that people come up with, not having time is one that’s more a function of how you CHOOSE to spend your time. In other words, it isn’t that you don’t have the time. It’s that you choose not to make exercise a priority in your life.
Excuse #3: I Don’t Like Feeling Hungry
I don’t think anyone would say hunger is a feeling they enjoy. Nevertheless, this excuse is usually a knee-jerk reaction that stems from one or more of the following:
1. The initial shock of following a restricted calorie diet
2. The misconception that hunger is bad or unnatural
When the body gets used to receiving a certain amount of nutrition over a prolonged period of time hunger is the natural response that’s invoked when nutrition is suddenly reduced.
This feeling can be somewhat intense at first, but usually subsides after a few days as the body acclimates to a lower nutritional supply.
Don’t worry! Hunger is perfectly natural and isn’t a sign of malnutrition or anything inherently bad going on with your body. Actually, hunger is an indication that you’re in a state of caloric deficit and in a fat burning state.
I think we can agree that for someone who’s concerned about reducing body fat this is a good thing.
If you’ve never restricted your daily caloric intake before, feeling hungry can take some getting used to, but it does get better.
Like most other feelings, you’ll become better at dealing with your hunger over time. In fact, after several weeks your feelings of hunger will be almost non-existent, as your body will have adjusted to your new dietary habits.
Every change in life requires a certain amount of adjustment. Far too often people run at the first inkling that what they’re doing may cause them some discomfort and miss out on the blessings they would have experienced if only they would have stayed the course.
Those who stay the course and continue on in spite of any inherent challenges are the ones who reap the benefits and become better and stronger individuals because of it. Don’t let hunger be your excuse for not getting the lean and ripped body you desire.
Again, hunger is to be expected, but you can rest assured that it will continually get easier to deal with over time.
I love how Jason Ferruggia, the author of Muscle Gaining Secrets, puts it:
Learn to deal with hunger. It will not cause your immediate death. Learn to control all of your desires and you will gain more control over your life.*
Excuse #4: I Can’t Afford a Gym Membership
I couldn’t have said it better… Thanks minion!
Unless you live in a rural area, gym memberships are incredibly cheap. For example, the Club Fitness near my house currently has membership packages for $14.95 per month.
That being said, even if your local gym charges $30 per month there’s still no excuse. Do you mean to tell me your health isn’t worth a measly $30 per month?
I understand that unfortunate things happen (like being laid off from work) and there are people out there that really do live on an extremely tight budget. However, such people are exceptionally rare in our relatively prosperous society.
So, for most, not being able to afford a gym membership just doesn’t fly with me.
If you can afford to blow money on trivial things each month, you can afford a gym membership. I can think of no better way to invest such a small amount of money.
Excuse #5: I Don’t Know Anything About Nutrition
Neither did I just a few short years ago. But, I didn’t let that be an excuse to stay fat and out of shape – and neither should you!
I did a small amount of research and began my fat loss journey by simply counting calories. If you have a significant amount of fat to lose, this is an extremely simple method of eating for fat loss that works really well until you get fairly lean.
Over time I’ve developed a deeper knowledge of nutrition and have learned how to maximize my results. However, this kind of knowledge takes time to develop, and as I’ve already explained, isn’t necessary to start losing fat, building muscle, and transforming your physique.
That being said, there are plenty of resources available to teach you about nutrition, and how to structure your diet for optimum results. My book, Ripped Out, is one such resource.
Don’t let your lacking nutritional knowledge keep you from improving your health and physical appearance. Start by keeping it simple and counting calories. Or, get your hands on a resource that’ll tell you exactly how to feed your body to maximize your results week after week.
Stop making lame excuses for why you don’t have a body you can be proud of.
Make your fitness a priority, commit to regular weight lifting and cardio training, eat for success, and watch your body be transformed.