5 Major Signs you Need to Divorce Your (Pretend-Healthy) Diet

5 Major Signs you Need to Divorce Your (Pretend-Healthy) Diet

In America, there’s one divorce every 36 seconds.

Reading this article from top to bottom will most likely end with a handful of couples filing those separation papers.

That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year.

First marriages that end in divorce often have an average lifespan of eight years before both parties call it quits.

The good news is that divorce rates were around 50% in the 80’s and they have decreased to around 40% currently.

Not the most positive of stats—sorry.

But, it is what it is.

Just as most of those marriages that take eight years to finally end often times needed to be annulled a lot sooner, most people’s relationship with their diet drags on longer than it needs to.

While the average woman will stick to her diet five weeks, two days, and 43 minutes.

There’s also a large majority of men and women who stick to a diet that makes them miserable and isn’t beneficial to their quality of life.

Just as it’s tough but essential to call it quits on bad relationships—the same courage is needed when it comes to divorcing your diet.

Divorcing your relationship or diet doesn’t mean you’re weak or lessens your worth—in fact, this often shows that you have courage and care for yourself more than the average person.

Don’t be one of those average people who sticks around in a relationship for longer than they need to (it’s not going to work out, just move on). Don’t be one of those people whose scared to divorce their diet because they think there isn’t other options.

Here are five signs it’s time to divorce your diet.

1.Your diet is treated like a religion

Religion is a powerful force in people’s lives. It helps them make decisions, choose partners, and guides them through their daily lives.

Religion to a certain extent also closes the door on seeing particular things a certain way. Committing to a religion means abiding by all those principles and rules of that particular way.

This isn’t bad necessarily, since it helps provide direction and keeps many on a good path.

However, when it comes to our health and fitness—this isn’t such a good idea. Closing all your nutritional doors leads to some biases.

Diet trends are getting more and more popular each year.

In 2013 and probably still to this day, The Paleo diet was the most searched diet on Google. Ahead of the Mediterranean diet, Atkins diet, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or any type of diet that you can think of.

In fact, in the U.S., the number of vegetarians has doubled in the last decade while vegetarian cookbooks are the fastest growing division in the food sector business.

Whether it’s Paleo or becoming a vegetarian, the potential issue lies in the rigidity and inflexible allegiance people pledge to their diets. Some people cut off all carbs while another percentage swears that all the problems revolve around dietary fats.

Imposing these self-imposing rules on yourself and anything that goes against those beliefs are automatically assumed false despite any possible and logical merits is problematic.

Vegans don’t want to hear that a little meat is actually beneficial. The meat-loving crowd doesn’t want to hear anything about how a more plant-based diet is beneficial.

Why can’t all nutritional camps be friends (maybe they should listen to this song)?


All macronutrients are beneficial and serve a specific and vital purpose to making our body the best version it can possibly be.

By approaching your nutrition with a tunnel vision mentality, you’re actually slowing your fitness and general health goals.

At the end of the day, the main objective for everyone should be to provide their bodies with the quality nutrients it needs. These nutrients enable you to live an optimal life with longevity in mind and maximal productivity.

2.It puts you on an emotional rollercoaster

If you’re tired, cranky, sick, and other emotion descriptions—it’s time to divorce your diet.

Eating a well-balanced and nutrient dense diet is designed to give you an ample amount of energy—not leave you feeling even more drained.

 

If that’s the case, you’re not consuming enough calories. Secondly, you’re not consuming enough quality nutrients within those daily calories.

If your diet is emotionally throwing you off balance, there’s a higher likelihood that you’ll binge and emotionally eat to temporary improve your current mood.

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If your diet is taking you on a roller coaster—file those papers.

 

Avoid this situation by assessing and taking note of how you’re feeling while on your nutrition plan. Are feeling more energetic? Are you sleeping well? Are your workouts going well or is your strength decreasing in the gym? What about your sexual drive—that’s a key indicator as well?

Eating to improve your physical appearance is important, but more important than that is eating in a way that goes along perfectly with your daily life.

3.You have poor (or infrequent) bowel movements

We all poop and need to recognize this. In fact, we should be pooping every day (on a random note, the word poop is funny and always makes me smile).

Let’s have a brief chat about poop.

Your poop is going to be one of the best indicators to how beneficial your current diet is.

With a set of healthy bowels, anytime you insert food in there, those bowels are going to remove your toxins.

If those toxins aren’t removed and your bowels aren’t eliminating as they should be—then you’re going to be headed down a road of constipation (literally).

Constipation equals a not-too-happy body where those toxins are able to enter your bloodstreams and cause inflammation. This constipation puts your body at risk for a plethora of health issues.

If your poop is rock hard and comes out like little pebbles—you need more fiber (and more water as well to go along with the increased fiber).

4.You exist for cheat days

You force yourself to eat on this nutritional plan for the entire week and when Sunday rolls around—it’s time to gorge with no remorse.

While I’m all for indulging oneself and enjoying foods guilt-free, there’s a difference between indulging because of pleasure and indulging due to deprivement.

Playing this mental game of deprivement usually, backfires because those cheat days get out-of-control. Next thing you know, you’ve eaten an entire pizza, a tub of ice cream, and some more eateries.

Indulging on a cheat day where restriction and rules dictate your life leads to eating just for sakes of eating because most of those items you’re eating are normally forbidden and labeled bad foods.

This strategy isn’t likely to last for long-term weight loss.

As mushy as this sounds, long-term weight loss starts with a focus on our overall health and treating our body well—not treating it like a yo-yo.

If you focus on eating to feel good, the rest of your process will fall into place. Less restriction and more intuitiveness.

5.It makes you do a complete 180 with your lifestyle

If you canceled dinner with friends because you were afraid it was going to ruin your macros or progress—then it’s time to divorce your diet.

If you have to make excuses as to why you can’t eat something all the time or seem to always be using some type of cleanse that affects your normal routine and interactions with people—you’re unbalanced.

Your “healthy lifestyle” is negatively affecting your relationships and decreasing your quality of life.

Not cool.

Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean being inconvenience with every turn you take in life.

The way you choose to eat isn’t a one-way street that leads to a dead end, it’s instead an open highway with many paths to the end destination. The route you choose to arrive by is completely up to you.

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Nutrition has many lanes to success

 

Nutrition and your preferred lifestyle is a creative choice that is 100% in your hands.

Food is meant to be enjoyed and shared with others. It’s also fuel for your body, but eating healthier doesn’t mean giving up on the important events of your daily lifestyle and abandoning the important people in your life.

File those papers and seek a nutrition plan that treats you well and allows you to feel great and look great.

Nutritional Mythbusters: 5 Random Nutritional Facts to Give the Side Eye (Vol. 1)

“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.” – Joseph Campbell

Nutritional Mythbusters: 5 Random Nutritional Facts to Give the Side Eye (Vol. 1)

From Norse mythology to Greek mythology to Egyptian mythology—stories are powerful. Stories allow us to explain history, nature, customs and norms in a cohesive manner.

Stories that are passed down from traditions provides context and meaning into our world and how exactly we arrived at this current time in point.

I love a good collection of stories, but I also realize there’s a downside to stories. Sometimes the stories are misinformed and do more harm than good.

Fast forward to today’s world and the world of health and fitness is filled with many ideologies (often based on little validity).

With various supplement companies fabricating stories to push out their latest “miracle supplements”, and “Instagram gurus” searching for another viral hit by making outlandish claims—nutrition has become convoluted and filled with fear mongering tactics.

The barrier to entry to a healthier lifestyle is more confusing than welcoming; thus deters more people away.

Each week, it seems there are new health secrets and strategies designed to move our health in the right direction, but yet we’re only moving in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately, a few random statistics I found showed that…

  • Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980
  • More than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight in 2014. Of these, over 600 million were obese.
  • Thirty-nine percent of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014 and 13% were obese.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s not from a lack of capabilities. It’s instead from a lack of focusing on the bigger issue—our relationships and behaviors towards food. Unfortunately, we rely on rules and tactics instead of our behaviors.

Tactics are seductive and fun to discuss. With tactics, we can place all our hopes and dreams on one thing to fix the issue. But, there isn’t a simple click of the button solution to our fitness woes. Instead of demonizing foods and placing a tunnel vision toward our health that contours a one size fits all nutritional approach—let’s keep a vision toward the big picture.

There are plenty of nutritional myths that circulate around the health and fitness industry. But today, I’m going to share five myths during the first installment of the Nutritional Mythbusters series.

Myth #1: You need to go low-carb to lose weight

Carbs have become public enemy number one and are often blamed for any and every kind of health issue. Low carb diets are trendy.

Gluten is blamed for everything. Gluten is blamed for irritable bowel syndrome and other intestinal issues. However, this evidence that gluten affects everyone isn’t a definite. Only those with celiac and intestinal issues should make it a priority to avoid gluten altogether.

Let me get this out of the way: low carb diets work.

However, it’s not the only way to successfully lose weight. It’s not the low carb diet that’s important, it’s the caloric deficit that is key.

Can you lose weight quickly by dropping all your carbs?

Absolutely. However, the initial wave of weight dropped is most likely initial water weight from the change in diets (you can only lose so much body fat at a given time). The cause of the potential accelerated rate of weight loss is due to the lack of carbohydrates. Carbs are going to retain more water within your muscle cells (hence you won’t lose as much weight according to the scale).

However, the initial wave of weight dropped is most likely initial water weight from the change in diet (you can only lose so much body fat at a given time). The cause of the potential accelerated rate of weight loss is due to the lack of carbohydrates. Carbs are going to retain more water within your muscle cells (hence you won’t lose as much weight according to the scale).

Myth #2: Sugar is part of the evil empire

Cue the Imperial theme music when it comes to discussing sugar. 


We’ve all heard the tagline that “sugar is as addictive as cocaine”.

Yikes, sounds scary. However, sugars reputation is largely screwed in an unbalanced context.

However, sugars reputation is largely skewed in an unbalanced context.

Sugar is a natural substance that goes all the way back to our primitive days and something our brains and bodies are naturally addicted to. Sugar is another alternative to describe the various forms of carbohydrates.

On a random note, human breast milk is mostly a sugar-sweetened beverage and no one will argue that breast milk is toxic and evil. Your brain uses close to 20% of your total energy expenditure. Not getting enough sugars (i.e. carbs) not only makes you feel crappy but will also decrease your mental performance and overall productivity.

Carbs (i.e. sugars) must be broken down into their simpler form known as glucose (i.e.the fuel for your body and brain). You also may see the word saccharide which is just a fancy way of describing sugar (picture sugar dressed in a tuxedo).

There are 3 types:

  1. Monosaccharides–  one type of carb running solo (think glucose traveling through your bloodstream).
  1. Disaccharides – two separate carbohydrate links partnering up (think fruit or honey)
  1. Oligosaccharides – many carbohydrates partnering up (think rice, potatoes, arepas, tamales, empanadas, oatmeal, veggies, & many others)
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Empanadas—a beautiful example of what happens when carbs (or sugars) combine forces.

 

Now you have a basic understanding that all carbohydrates are sugars, just in different disguises.

Sugar has a bad rep, not because of the substance itself, but because of the quantity of sugar (i.e. carbs) being consumed and the context in which it’s presented in (an attribute people often forget).

One person doesn’t make a kid, it takes two to tango. Sugar doesn’t create obesity by itself, it often has a partner as well (usually high fat intake or undisciplined eating behaviors).

The most important factor to weight loss is still being in a caloric deficit and supplying your body with the proper amount of nutrients.

A caloric deficit > demonizing sugar (carbs—your choice of name), fats, or anything else.

Myth #3: Meal timing

How many times have you overheard or been preached to by an annoying friend, peer, or guru about eating on the clock?

Probably once too many.

If you abide by strict meal timing, there’s various rules that state you have to eat every 2-3 hours to stoke the metabolism and this structure is broken up into six small and perfectly portioned meals that aren’t a gram or ounce off the prescribed amount.

How are you supposed to get some work done or live a rich lifestyle if you’re constantly paying attention to the clock or thinking about your eating rules?

Answer: You’re not.

The only thing that will happen is a poor relationship with foods, and a skewed relationship between fitness and living a balanced lifestyle.

Meal timing 100% up to you. The time you eat and how often you eat is trivial (especially to beginners).

What’s more important?

Eating the right amount of calories, the correct macronutrients, making great food selections, and finding an eating routine that jams with your day-to-day life.

Skipping breakfast isn’t the end of the world. Eating three meals as opposed to six isn’t going to make a difference as long as your caloric intake is under control. Eating carbs at night isn’t forbidden (just give yourself two–three hours before bed).

Myth #4: Egg yolks are terrible for you

Egg yolks raise your cholesterol and are bad for your heart and fitness goals. You should just opt for egg whites.

Egg yolks received a faulty reputation because of the cholesterol contents at face value.

However, there’s good and bad cholesterol. Before I explain those two, cholesterol is a fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of your body. Your body needs cholesterol to make hormones, Vitamin D, and help digest foods.

LDL (low-density lipoproteins—bad cholesterol) – A high level of this leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries (which are vessels that carry blood from your heart to your body).

HDL (high-density lipoproteins—good cholesterol) – This is beneficial because it takes your cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Then, your liver removes the cholesterol from your body.

Eggs mostly contain the good portion of cholesterol, which subsequently raise your testosterone and provides a myriad of other health benefits (unless you have a preexisting condition, have no fear in your egg consumption).

The fat from the yolk is mostly saturated which is the same in coconut oil. Saturated fat is beneficial as it helps your brain, cardiovascular, bone, immune, and nervous system health.

Start eating the yolks with no shame plus who actually thinks egg whites taste good?

Myth #5: Brown rice is better (i.e. healthier) than white rice

Brown rice is a recent invention in the grand scheme of history compared to white rice. However, once you add some extra marketable factors such as extra fiber—it’s easy to see how brown rice elevated among the public.

But, a little unknown and often never spoken fact about brown rice is depending on how it’s processed, this can potentially cause digestive issues.

Brown rice includes phytates and lectins. Phytates (or phytic acid) are anti-nutrients that bind to minerals such as copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, niacin, and calcium; thus preventing them from being absorbed. Phytic acid prevents pepsin, a crucial enzyme needed to properly break down protein as well as preventing amylase—the enzyme that helps break down sugars (the effects to which it does this isn’t fully concluded yet).

Here’s another argument from the brown rice campaign team: “brown rice is more nutrient dense than white rice”.

Comparing a side by side portrait of brown rice and white rice—brown rice has higher numbers. However, remember that brown rice has the added phytates, which are preventing those “extra vitamins and minerals” from being fully absorbed.

Lastly, you’re not going to eat rice because of its extensive nutrient profile. Compared to the many other foods in existence, rice is lacking. Rice is valuable because…

  • It’s damn tasty (jasmine, basmati, and I could go on forever)
  • It’s easily digestible and causes very little digestion or food allergies among people.
  • It’s a great post-workout food because it’s easily absorbed.
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The type of rice you eat doesn’t matter.

 

Another big difference between brown and white rice is that brown rice contains the bran and germ still intact. In some individuals, the bran and germ can be irritative to the digestive tract, which can lead to leaky gut syndrome (this isn’t going to happen just from eating occasional brown rice, so don’t panic).

At the end, everyone’s tolerance with food will be different.

I had many food phobias in the past and would label foods good or evil and pigeon hole myself into eating certain foods because I thought I had to. I don’t want anyone else to make healthy eating more complicated than it needs to be. Don’t force yourself to eat foods because you think you have to.


Here’s a free downloadable poster of today’s 5 nutritional myths.

Nutritional Mythbusters: 5 Random Nutritional Facts to Give the Side Eye (Volume 1)

The 5 Fresh and Simple Ingredients all Successful Weight Loss Transformations Have

“The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”– Michael Jordan

5 fresh and simple ingredients all successful weight loss transformations have

I have a confession to make.

I absolutely love Thai food (especially the curry dishes).

With selections of massamun, green, red, panang, huang ray, and sassy (pineapple) curry—you can’t go wrong with any of those selections.

You may be thinking did this blog just turn into a Cooking Network blog post? Not yet. The food and cooking information will be arriving in the not-so-distant future.

I had Thai food over the weekend and ordered a bowl of green curry. As I indulged into bite after bite, and eventually drunk the rest of the soup, I had an epiphany—this dish was perfectly crafted.

My green curry not only tasted exceptional, but the precision and attention to detail that went into making this dish is something that isn’t to be taken for granted.

Green curry (Gaeng Kiaw Wan) is one of the milder Thai cuisines. In fact, Gaeng Kiaw Wan in a literal translation means sweet green curry (I’d like to see who knows this at trivia night).

After you add a protein of choice, the main basic ingredients are coconut milk, green curry paste, palm sugar, and fish sauce. However, depending on where you are, expect to also have some Thai eggplants, sweet basil leaf, kaffir lime leaves, green bell peppers, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, carrots, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, and baby corn (are you hungry yet?).

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My green curry dish made with lots of love!

 

Ok, what does my green curry dish have to do with successful weight loss transformations?

Everything.

Just as the cooks who carefully prepared my dish and added each item in the right amount, embracing upon your fitness journey requires careful preparation and inclusion of the right items for the perfect result.

Add too much of the wrong ingredients to any curry dish, then the flavor and the dish turns into something completely different. Include too many tactics to beginning your weight loss journey and you’ll suffer from information overload (and risk not even getting started due to paralysis from analysis).

Most people’s weight loss journeys aren’t successful because they haven’t included the essential ingredients.

Is it because they’re using the wrong diet? Not necessarily.

Or is it because they’re using the wrong workout plan? Not exactly.

Maybe it’s because they aren’t working hard enough? Nope (effort is hardly the problem).

They don’t want it bad enough? No way (what is this—a high school football pep talk?)

Losing weight is conceptually simple, but the execution is where the complication arises.

Just as cooking a delicious dish of green curry requires the proper ingredients and spices for a world class experience, successful weight loss transformations requires the same dedication. These ingredients are often overlooked because they aren’t sexy or trendy, but yet they’re damn effective and essential.

In fact, before I begin to consult with a person on a 1-on-1 level, one of the first exercises we do is address each of these five ingredients I’m about to discuss below.

If you want to accomplish your weight loss goals without compromising your sanity and preferred lifestyle, implement these five ingredients.

1.Have a meaningful incentive

The first step on your weight loss journey isn’t going to buy a gym membership, cleaning out your fridge, or researching workout plans.

The first step is to sit down and think about “why you want to lose weight?”.

I get it.

Writing why you want something seems silly and time wasting (after all, you need to get to the gym and sweat some calories off and clean your diet up).

However, this shotgun mentality may work at the beginning, but what happens when your motivation flames out and your adrenaline returns to its baseline. The novelty of something new has worn off and you don’t feel like going to the gym—what’s going to keep you going?

Without a powerful why there isn’t any substance or meaningful stakes brought to the table to guarantee you stick around at the first sight of resistance or discomfort.

A meaningful incentive isn’t buying a new pair of jeans, fitting into a neon green bikini for your vacation, building some size 16 biceps to impress at the beach, nor any other superficial surface metric.

A meaningful incentive connects on a deeper level and places a priority on the long-term (not just the weeks leading up to your summer vacation).

Aesthetics are important, but adding in other factors of your life such as losing weight to get off your medications, having the energy to play with your kids one day, setting an example for family and friends, or to improve your confidence to go after what you really want out of life.

2.Develop a winning game plan while preparing like a champion

Politics, sports, relationships, business, and wars all have one main commonality—to succeed requires strategic planning & preparation.

Presidential races aren’t won by the candidates just showing up. They prepare extensively and strategize to the minute of details. The super bowl isn’t won by the team just showing up on Sunday. They prepared two weeks in advance.

Wars aren’t won by randomly showing up and fighting.  They prepare and take stock of the surrounding terrain while analyzing their enemy.

Businesses don’t make profits each quarter by just showing up blindly each day. They forecast and conduct meetings to properly plan and execute. Successful relationships are certain to go stale after some years, but that’s why the successful ones continue to evolve with each other and never stop dating each other.

Stating a desire and want without a plan for making it a reality is nothing but an empty wish (it’s just floating up in the clouds).

Successful game planning and preparing like a champion requires you to front load your work as much as you can.

Why is a plan so crucial?

Because if you blindly begin your exercise routine, once resistance shows up or you have unexpected obstacles appear, you’re going to falter.

By game planning, you’re creating the structure that specifically works for you (most importantly). If your fitness plans don’t seamlessly mesh with your lifestyle, you’re not going to stick with the plan for the long haul.

When you’re thinking about how to construct a game plan, start with these three topics.

  1. Eating – How you eat needs to be considered based on your specific schedule, preferences, and comfortability while still complimenting your specific physique goals.
  1. Exercise – What type of workouts will you do? How many days will you lift each week? What exercises are you doing during each session?
  1. Implementation – What time are you working out and on what days? What about eating times? Have you established a sleep routine? Are you prepared for events, work, and other miscellaneous obstacles that will head your way?
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Not matter the area of focus—you gotta have a strategy.

 

Front loading your work isn’t sexy, but neither is budgeting your finances—yet you’ll do it if it’s important enough.

One of the best ways to start front loading your work is to identify three of your potential biggest obstacles that pose the biggest barriers to succeeding with your fitness goals. Once you identify them, determine a solution for each of those obstacles.

3.Seek accountability and support

I told myself I was going to write a book and months later, I had one page written and a half-assed outline.

I told some people I wanted to write a book and they would tell me this is awesome. I felt good having a dream of writing a book, despite the reality that nothing was being accomplished.

Answering to ourselves hardly ever works in the end because we can justify our excuses and lack of action. Our brains are tricky and will find angles to make ourselves feel okay with not following through on our initial commitments and desires.

When it comes to accountability and support, we need two distinct types of it: professional/expert accountability and unapologetically positive support.

  1. Professional/expert support and accountability – This is having an expert in your corner or at least someone who will keep you accountable while providing guidance. Your best friend doesn’t count due to the relationship. They’re unlikely to push you outside your comfort zone and call you out for actions you fail to follow through with. 

Whether it’s a coach or expert opinion on a forum—you need to involve someone with expertise who isn’t afraid to offer advice that you may not want to hear.

  1. Unapologetically positive support – Whether it’s a friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, social media, or private group—this type of support essentially serves as your cheerleader. They keep your spirits high and keep you going when you feel like quitting.

They’re not going to give you logical expert opinion or call you out for something. They’re going to be biased in their support of you, no matter what’s going on.

4.Set a big, but realistic deadline

After you’ve established your meaningful incentive, a plan that fits your preferred lifestyle while establishing both types of accountability—now it’s time to put some skin in the game.

Without a deadline, there isn’t a sense of urgency to keep you focused and attentive.

While deadlines are important, you need to be realistic and properly assess everything going on in your life. If you have a hectic schedule and can’t workout as frequently along with getting inconsistent sleep—you can still expect some results, just not at the same rate as someone who consistently trains four days a week and routinely sleeps eight hours.

If you really want to up the ante, try a couple of these games out to make it fun and challenging with other friends when setting deadlines.

  • Make a goal on Stickk and donate to an organization that you hate if you fail to keep your word
  • Make a public declaration
  • Implement negative consequences or positive rewards (this is dependent upon your personality)

After determining your realistic goal, now it’s time to reverse engineer your goal down into manageable steps.

To generate momentum and build your confidence for long-term success, you must establish periodic markers of success.

Twenty pounds may be your goal, but reaching that goal is months down the road and without any positive signs of success beforehand, you’re not going to last.

Psychologically, twenty pounds sounds like a lot to someone new or rusty with their fitness. A better approach is to break those twenty pounds down into sizable chunks. With some clients, I’ll take it two pounds at a time.

Seems wacky and pointless, but just as in baseball, a couple singles and doubles here and there still drives in runs instead of just swinging for home runs while striking out more frequently.

Think little wins as opposed to large gigantic wins. You don’t go from broke to millionaire in two weeks. You don’t go from a mediocre NBA player to an all-star in four weeks.

5.Don’t forget to have fun

At the end of the day, we’re only talking about fitness. Not quantum physics, the theory of relativity, or some high-stakes boardroom meeting—this is supposed to be stress-relieving.

Here’s a secret that I want everyone to know—I don’t enjoy working out sometimes. Driving to the gym is one of the hardest tasks in my daily ritual.

There are a plethora of other comforting options. I could write even more (probably code for looking at Youtube videos), watch TV, eat some comfort foods (not a good idea), sleep in, play video games, or have a ‘Netflixathon‘.

However, I enjoy the effects of working out. I enjoy how it makes me feel; the stress it releases from my body; the way it helps my body look and perform.

These factors lead me to make better decisions; thus helps my business and relationships. That is why I’m hooked on the gym, not because I enjoy being out of breath jump roping or pushing myself to exhaustion during a set of squats.

I don’t enjoy passing up ice cream, wine, and cookies the majority of the time. While I eat and drink these items occasionally, for the most part, I pass on them because my why is more meaningful than the immediate/short-term pleasure those items provide.

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Ice cream is great, but it’s not worth your long term goals.

 

On the contrary, I enjoy how healthy foods make me feel, think, and perform.

Not matter the exercise routine you’re doing or the type of nutritional philosophy you’re following—you must enjoy some aspect of the journey (even if it’s simply finishing your workout or eating healthy through the week so you can look forward to your guilt-free weekend indulging meal)

Not finding any enjoyment and relying on sheer willpower is a dangerous game that you’ll always lose. Willpower is a limited resource that is zapped as you go about your daily routine and make decisions on numerous things. 

Put your lab coat on, become a scientist and keep experimenting with the type of workouts and nutritional strategies until you find something that perfectly gels with your preferred lifestyle while fully complementing your physique goals.