Happy New Year, IST
I'm a 33 year old oldfag and I've done my fair share of lifting and trolling over the years (started lifting at 20) and still, up to this day, many young men are misguided when it comes to lifting and being healthy. Seeing as january is here, I'll be dropping some general redpills so you newfags have it easier and don't have to commit too many mistakes in your lifting journey. I'll save you all the bullshit and get straight to the point.
General IST redpills:
>Realize that becoming and staying IST is a life-long journey. You will be lifting every 2-4 days (depending on recovery) for the rest of your life. Once you come to terms with this, life will become easier.
>Consistency is king. Building muscle and losing fat takes a long time. Stay consistent for long enough and you'll get results.
>Do not expect to see quick results. As a natty, 2 years is least amount of time needed to start to look like you lift (perfect routine+diet). For most wagie IST normies it will take closer to 5 years.
>All diets come down to CICO. You can not escape the law of thermodynamics. There are some individuals who have hormonal disruption which prevents them from losing weight, but there's a 99% chance that you're not one of them.
>People grossly overestimate the amount of lean muscle mass they are packing and grossly underestimate the amount of fat they actually store.
>Lean/big/natty. Pick two.
>For 99% of ISTizens, "making it" implies having a beach bod (ascended ottermode) at 10-12% bodyfat.
>You do not need to do "the big three" (squats, deadlift, bench press) to get big.
>A healthy, athletic male has a visible six pack. If you do not have visible abs, you are fat. Simple as.
>Life starts at 12% bodyfat.
>Cardio does not kill gains. You look “smaller” when cutting because of decreased glycogen storage in the muscles which leads to lesser water retention which makes the muscle smaller and your layer of fat becomes thinner, thus you lose your fatceps.