I know quite a few people that are afraid or apprehensive to go to the gym or even to do some basic exercises because of the fact that they fear (or in my situation, know) that they don't have it in them to reach the level of dedication required to become as fit as the trainers or instagram models that they follow. There are a lot of things that are wrong with this level of thinking and it really needs to go away.
This is particularly true with people that have gotten out of shape due to years of bad decisions as far as diet and exercise is concerned. They get frustrated very easy because they look at the skinny fuckers out there and feel as though there is no chance they could ever look like that and let me go ahead and give you a very harsh reality check right now: You almost certainly will not look like that person you admire on youtube, IG, or in a magazine article. The reason why that person is there is because they have dedicated their lives to a level of fitness and diet that you are not going to have the time, resources, or "head start" to ever achieve in all likelihood.
This however, is not a good reason to never do anything.
As I have said many many times before the only thing that anyone needs to do at the beginning of their journey to a more healthy life is to just put a little bit of effort into eating slightly better and go for a walk every day. You do not need to take your fat ass to the gym on day one and then have some skinny minnie trainer evaluate your BMI and make you feel even worse about yourself than you already do. The stats they are going to provide you with are almost certainly going to make you feel as though it is a lost cause and while it isn't their intention, this demoralizes a lot of people out of wanting to have anything to do with the gym in the first place.
I end up giving a lot of organized talks at events and also dole at advice to normies all over the place because I am not in peak physical condition nor to I ever attempt to accomplish that. I am the kind of guy that eats pizza once or twice a week and drinks beer almost every single day. Yet I still went from 235 lbs to around 185 over the course of two years and I find it very easy to keep the weight off even though for the most part, I do NOT live the lifestyle that your personal trainer does.
It is all possible by just doing SOMETHING. It started out with me just going for a walk and changing just one meal per day to be low carb and going for a 1 hour walk per day. I was amazed at how much weight I lost in a month by just doing these two, very easy things. As time went by more exercise got interested into my life but I never introduced anything that I didn't want to do.
You'll never see me going to a gym session and loathing it. I go because I want to and I enjoy the definition that I have in certain parts of my body. I still have a gut despite the fact that I can bench press more than my body weight and I now routinely run 5km races. I have done 2 triathlons and I drink beer EVERY SINGLE DAY. I drank a beer the night before the last triathlon I did and I had about 10 of them the night of the party we had after it.
The point is this: You don't have to eat kale salads and drink nothing but water all day while running a marathon 3x a week to be fit. The fitness industry does a terrible job when they try to convince us that we can have no vices or just one "cheat day" per week in order to get gains. When you want those things you can have them too but just at the start, you might be alarmed how much weight you'll lose and muscle you'll gain and how much better you feel if you just do make tiny changes to your lifestyle.
Give it a go! I promise you won't regret it.
from skinny, to fat AF, to athlete - drinking beer the entire way