If I had a dollar for everytime someone asked me what the “secret” is to accomplishing something (usually physique change/strength gain)...I’d have enough money to buy some fancy knee sleeves. Maybe even some new spandex.
Anytime someone asks “how did you do x?” (again x usually is, at the moment, lose weight and gain/maintain strength), I feel a little bit like a deer in headlights. Sure, I can spout off a lot of information about nutrition changes, training changes, mindset changes, etc. but sometimes, it feels a little...dishonest. Not because I’m lying, but because all I want to say is:
“I made a plan. I followed the plan. I got the results of the plan.”
It’s not a sexy answer. There is no mention of back/front/diagonally loading nutrients or complex exercise schemes/reps/sets or special foods or strategies that all of a sudden made it easy. And often it times, it just comes off as too simple. And while it certainly isn't as simple as "do x, get y" - it really doesn't have to be that complicated. I had someone I trust who knows a lot more than me help me make a plan, and executed said plan.
People will ask about “did you cut out this and this?” or “was it hard?”. Of course it was hard. It wasn’t agonizing, it certainly wasn’t some epic battle, but it was work. Are there lots of things that help with that work? Sure. But at the end of the day, it is still work.
So, what’s the secret?
I don’t know.
But working hard seems to help.