Thumb through any fitness magazine and you see tight, toned, lean bodies on pretty much every page. They are the marketing gold standard. But have you ever taken the time to consider the 'cost' of that look? What you have to do, what you have to give up? There are trade-offs to say the least. The folks at Precision Nutrition have broken down these trade-offs so you can really understand how to get the body you want while living the life you love. First, lets address some misconceptions. The first being that with a few simple changes to your diet and exercise routine, you can develop a completely chiselled body and look just like a fitness model. The second misconception is that getting 'into shape' means painful sacrifice and untold levels of suffering. Neither of these misconceptions is true, of course. The reality is that the process that helps you lose the first 10 pounds, isn't the one that will allow you to see those last 10 pounds disappear. The leaner you get, the more work it takes. If you are looking for a fitness model body, remember that photos are often edited and the individuals themselves often only look like that before a competition. Looking like that comes at a cost most people aren't willing to pay. If you aren't looking to be the next cover model, and are just looking to be lean and healthy, a few adjustments, over time, will add up to some noticeable improvements.