1. If you are exercising to lose weight stop doing that.
The goal of exercise is to get better at exercise so if you are doing a bootcamp ask yourself “do I want to get better at bootcamp”. That answer might be yes and there would be a good reason to do so. There is a strong correlation between your Vo2max and your resting heart rate and the amount you can eat or the deficit you can create when dieting. Additionally an exercise like bootcamp CAN help you hold onto muscle. I emphasize CAN because if you have been doing bootcamps on and off for the last 5 years your body has probably adjusted.
So stop exercising to lose fat and start exercising to get better at what you are doing.
2. If you are DOING something you don’t like to see a result that’s not smart.
When I started Crossfit I will admit, it just looked harder than what I was doing at that time. The dirty little secret of Crossfit isn’t the exercises or how they are programmed, it’s the community you exercise with. You show me a gym thriving and I will show you a great community. The people I worked out with pushed me beyond what I thought was capable of at that time and while I didn’t love it in the moment (and still don’t) I loved the accomplishment each time.
2a. Stop pretending you want something you don’t want
I will be honest with you, when I started Crossfit I could have cared less about getting better at Crossfit. I wanted to look better with my clothes off and in theory getting better at Crossfit might help me do that. It was great for getting smaller, especially in the beginning but if we are talking about building muscle its not phenomenal for that. Today what I do is a combination of body building and Crossfit that helps me meet two of my goals. Which brings me to my next point….
3. Quit trying to PERFORM well in a dieting cycle
The whole point of a dieting cycle is to lose weight. I KNOW I KNOW, you didn’t lose weight in your last dieting cycle but you FEEL BETTER. Was that your goal when you started, to feel better? Fat Loss is simple and for almost everyone if you want to lose fat you have to lose weight. It’s simple really, unless you make it really hard, which is my next point.
4. If you have tried every diet on the internet that doesn’t mean that you have tried everything.
Just because you have no impulse control and click on every internet group, reddit thread or whatever extreme option you KEEP choosing doesn’t mean you have tried everything. Also there is no difference between FREE and WORTHLESS, you might be able to comb through the nonsense of some groups but if everyone in the group is on EVERY supplement there is to support their adrenals and every third thread is someone that doesn’t sleep and can’t figure out why, here is why. They are wired out of their mind from not eating.
For every person that says to me that they won’t pay for dieting advice here is what I will say to you. There is often a strong correlation between fit people paying for advice and unfit people wanting it for free. In fact, I was one of those people for years until I realize that my health was too important to leave screen name SoFastSoFurious on reddit.
5. I left the best one for last because it’s the biggest reason most people fail dieting. They pick something where food is the enemy (or someone convinces them they are broken).
You literally need to eat for the rest of your life, think of it like a marriage, do you want to be married to the way you eat now? It’s very similar to exercise if you don’t love it you will quit, you will quit because you are sane. Any sane person will quit something they don’t truly love.
5a. Stop Dieting all the damn time.
Look, I get it, you are scared of food because “carbs make you bloated”, fats raise your cholesterol, sodium messes with your blood pressure and oh yeah, my favorite, you are addicted to sugar.
Do you see the common theme? What can you eat?
What if I told you that food can be viewed as an ally AND you can reach your goals. In fact, reaching your goals is much easier WITH food because you hold onto muscle in periods where you aren’t dieting.
The simple fact is you control more than you think and what I would like you to do is to have a good meal, go sit next to a lake or a tree or something and ask yourself.
“Is this who I wanted to become” and if that answer is no come up with a plan for exercise that you love and come up with a way of eating that makes you feel whole and in charge.
BECAUSE YOU ARE!