Your diet and its routine's habits stop health lifestyles - not help!
Habits of the mind shape your food choices.
Diets aren’t supposed to stop healthy habits.
The opposite is supposed to happen – dieting, a routine should SUPPORT healthy living.
That’s why we start them.
As I’m getting with a lot of my trainees these days (quarantine at the time of writing), my guess is your eating is actually a lot better than you thought it would be. Am I right? You’re eating is a lot better than you thought it would be in the middle of a global pandemic that we’ve never seen before. Why might that be the case?
You should be eating chef Boyardee.
You should be like dousing everything and in sugar and salt, pounding sodas galore.
Why aren’t we doing that? Why is it that you’re making the great changes now when you have more freedom, more time, less commutes?
Dieting for most of the people I’ve ever trained has always been this shortcut. It’s always been this convenience lifestyle choice that you’ve made that ultimately fails because it doesn’t work for anybody.
Some habits stop healthy choices
Case in Point
Sophia & diet free choices
Seven or eight years ago, I had this very intractable trainee Sophia: she wants to compete.
She’s a struggling amateur bodybuilder. She comes in ready to go. She’s got her neon jug of BCAA’s and surreptioniously shoots some in between more ardous workout sets. She’s very strong, real smart, working out hard, but she can’t lose ANY WEIGHT!
Sophia can’t lose weight. In fact, she shows me the year previous body fat test diets has me reach out to former trainers and still, cannot lose a pound. Why?
She refuses to eat sugar or carbohydrates.
Sophia’s eating zero carbohydrates per day for the longest – I can’t believe it.
I’m instructing her like to eat more normally and to do it with a pattern, to eat sugar, to not be afraid of carbohydrates. After one or two weeks of finally getting this intractable Sophia to listen to me, she starts to eat fruits in the morning with her protein laden breakfasts and juice even before she works out.
diets are habits that stop healthy lifestyles
And guess what?
Sophia finally loses the first four pounds she’s lost in over a year. And it’s not because of my recommendations, they’re not different. It’s because we finally got to a point where I was able convince her that her diet was terrible, het diet was inhibitory, her diet was a bad habit not healthy living like she believed fully.
I love bodybuilding and have known a bunch of bodybuilders my whole life – I respect the hell out of it. Most of them are doing that temporarily.
So, unless you’re going straight to competition, you shouldn’t be out here skipping sugar and skipping carbohydrates left and right, and if you do, it should be very temporary and you should and you should have the idea of getting a trophy in your mind real soon.
Just like I taught Sophia guys, break free of the pattern thinking in your eating that doesn’t get you to your goals. Now that we’re here and whenever we have the luxury of time thinking about how your diets have largely failed you and have caused you to eat within this constrained pattern.
Notice how your eating patterns and diets have taken that away and how that’s actually like the anathema of getting more muscle, having a stronger leaner body, having full body awareness and control being injury free.
All of that’s counter to a diet and hopefully guys, you take this time to dial that in and carry it with you!