The Biggest Key To Setting Up A Diet
Last week we talked about our hypothetical gym-bro, John Doe, and how he made the biggest mistake I see when people try dieting. If you’re new here and would like that email, respond to this one and I’ll get it sent your way. Because of all the great feedback, I thought this week we’d expand on the subject and address the best thing you could establish when setting up a diet.. Adherence. Let’s bounce this one off our guy, John, and see how we could’ve made his process successful.
John’s diet started like this…
1,200 calories per day. Resistance training 7 days per week. Cardio for 30 minutes, twice per day (I know this is an extreme example, but bare with me here). While we already addressed why this won’t work last week, we made the huge assumption that John could actually do this consistently. In our hypothetical world, we assumed this was all John was focused on and he didn’t have any responsibilities, so time and sanity weren’t an issue.
In the real world, no human with a life can commit to something like that long term. And if you could.. Why would you? By choosing to set parameters so rigid and impossible to adhere to, you set yourself up for failure in the long run. You’re bound to miss a session, injure yourself, or “overeat.”
Let’s figure out how to fit fitness into your life, instead of your life into fitness.
Let’s start with 2,000 calories per day, resistance training 3 days per week, and cardio for 30 minutes 3 times per week (these numbers are going to significantly vary depending on who you are and what your goals are, these numbers are for the sake of example). That’s much more realistic for someone who has real-world responsibilities and commitments to attend to. The weight drop won’t be as significant as the drastic example before, but we know that example shit-out at 3 weeks.
In our new example, we will be losing weight in a much healthier, safer way that will be adherable for a long enough period of time to cause significant, long-term change. In addition to this, it will be much easier to stimulate adaptation from the body. You tell me, is it easier to pull calories from a diet with 2,000 or 1,200? Is it more realistic to add a cardio session to a plan that has 3 sessions per week or 14 sessions per week?