Why is getting shredded so hard?
Getting down to shredded single-digit body fat is a feat few people achieve these days. The main reason is that modern people are more sedentary while eating empty calories from junk food.
Another reason is that people are accustomed to instant gratification. So much of what used to take time is now immediately at our fingertips. And we often expect the same quick response from our bodies when dieting.
However, from an energy perspective, fat loss takes time. To illustrate, one pound of fat stores approximately 3,500 calories worth of energy. And that’s how many extra calories you need to burn to lose one pound of fat.
For example, let’s say you have an average deficit of around 500 calories per day. That means it would take seven days to burn one pound of body fat (3,500 cals ÷ 500 cals/day = 7 days).
Therefore, losing 20 pounds of body fat takes commitment for five months or more. So most people lose interest, get distracted, or give up long before they get shredded.