There is no one-size-fits-all plan! If something works for one person, it doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you.
We’re all built differently, and we all have drastically different needs. If someone finds success and you follow their plan to a T, there’s a good chance that you are actually setting yourself up to fail.
Let’s look at the random example above, courtesy of these free stock photo models. On the left, we have a highly active person whose maintenance calories are 2400. On the right, a less active & smaller person whose maintenance is 1800 calories.
If they were both to follow a generic plan of 2100 calories, they would see opposite results.
The person on the left wants to build muscle, but the plan is going to result in weight loss. The person on the right wants to shed some fat, but will in turn gain weight on this plan.
Even if someone seems to be very similar to you in terms of size & activity level, their needs can still be very much different than your own. Metabolism, activity outside of the gym, body composition, workout intensity…they can all affect how much fuel we need.
You need to find what works for you. If you’re not seeing the results you need, you might not be eating the appropriate amount of calories!
Don’t blindly walk someone else’s path. If you want results, you’re going to need to create your own.