The only way to know if you are above average is to find out what the average is. Like it or not you get judged like this throughout your entire life starting at school and going right up to your performance at work. Even if you own your own business your customers are going to judge if you provide an above average product or service.
The point is that we live in a relative world. The only way to know if you're doing well is to compare yourself to everyone else. This becomes very apparent when you compare your body to other people. Do you have above average muscle, or strength? Is your percent body fat above or below average?
To answers these questions you need to know what the average is for each of these things.
You probably don't think about yourself this way very often, and as most people do you probably think of yourself as one of a kind. And you're right to some degree. Of course nobody else has lived your exact life with the same things happen to them. But on the other hand the look and shape of your body can be categorized and compared to everyone else. And most people are very similar. Most people are close to the average.
To stand out from the crowd you need to be different, you need to be above average.
If average people don't workout with weights then you need to workout with weights to have above average muscle size. If average people eat an average diet they end up with an average amount of bodyfat. If you want to lower your bodyfat percentage you have to eat slightly less calories than average people do and do more exercise.
The path to becoming exceptional isn't that complicated. Just look around you at what everyone else is doing and do something different. There is slightly more planning that needs to go into it, but it's not much.
If I were to sum it up into the simplest sentence it would be this:
Exercise more and eat less than the average person.
You might be thinking that there is also an average look of people that workout and you want to be even better than that look. If this is how you feel, then you might also want to have an above average workout and nutrition program.
No matter how far you want to take your body and conditioning there is always a way to get there. You just have to look at what the people who aren't average are doing.
The people who are the biggest and strongest typically do more work at the gym and lift heavier weights more often than everyone else. The people who are very lean and have defined muscles typically pay more attention to their diet and eat less calories than everyone else.
This might sound simplistic but it's the truth. It actually isn't that complicated at all. That doesn't mean it's easy, that just means it's simple. There is a big difference between easy and simple. Things that are simple aren't always easy. Building muscle and weight loss are two things that are simple, but not easy.
The diet and fitness industry however try to tell you that they are much more complicated which allows them to sell you complicated diet and workout programs.
To make a real change in your body the first steps are very simple. For weight loss just start eating less food, it doesn't matter what the food is, it just matters that you eat less of it. For muscle building you have to lift heavier weights more often. The sets and reps don't really matter, it just has to be more often than you're currently doing and heavier. This is all you need to see big time changes.
Effective dieting and exercising isn't complicated, the simpler the plan the easier it is to stick to and the faster the results will come.
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