Everyone was a beginner at some point. Don't worry we all made mistakes in the gym. We did programs that didn't work, listened to infomercials about the latest fitness fad and through all of this you are still confused at what to do. Unfortunately, the fitness industry doesn't tell you everything, but let me give you some practical advice as a more advanced lifter.
The best piece of advice to a beginner is start slow. You don't want to put this unrealistic expectation out there for yourself to follow if you know you can't. For example if you never worked out before, saying you are going to go to the gym 4 times a week is a huge number if you not even going one time. Slow down and take it 1 -2 sessions a week. If you are consistently doing this then you can add another day. It will prevent you from becoming too sore to train and will prevent burnout.
Practice the 80/20 rule with nutrition and training. We are human therefore we have good and bad days. With training make sure that you are going to the gym or doing some type of physical activity for 4/7 days of the week. With nutrition, aim for at least 5 days of perfect meals.
When you start training, you will be hungry. This is a good thing and something that you should embrace. It means your body is changing and growing muscle or shedding fat. If you want to see the best results you need to feed your body! Make sure you are eating lean protein such as grilled chicken and fish, complex carbs such as oatmeal and brown rice, and plenty of fruits and veggies.
Cardio is not the end all be all! Let me tell you this, get your cardio done with intensity! Don't slave on the cardio machine because you think you have too. Intense short bursts of cardio followed by a small rest period will give you faster results. High-intensity training also boosts the production of muscle-making and fat-burning compounds such as growth hormone, keeping you younger inside and out.
Having a gym to go too is a convenience, however it's not needed to be successful ! If you want to get in a killer workout at home, try online programs or invest in some small equipment like dumbbells and bands.
#gainingweightiscool ! And i say this because so many people have this number in their minds of what they want to see on the scale. It's true that when you train you might gain weight. That is not because your getting bigger, it's because muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. A better way to gauge progress is how your clothing fits. If it is getting looser, even if you’re getting heavier, you’re on the right track.
Just keep in mind we were all in your shoes if your a beginner. Don't worry about what others are doing and keep focused on your goals !