One salad will not make you skinny and one piece of pizza will not make you fat. Sure, that’s what the media portrays, but is that style of thinking realistic? Is it sustainable? Absolutely not.
When looking to upgrade your life, your energy, and your overall well-being, you have to commit to the long term. You have to throw your hat into the ring over and over again and understand that long lasting results can take awhile.
So, what does this mean?
Let’s look at things in the terms of consistency and intensity. Focusing on intensity means you work to be 100% compliant every single day while making a lot of sacrifices along the way. Focusing on consistency means that you are compliant with your hydration, nutrition and sleep 85-90% of the time. More often than not, you are doing all the right things, but you also allow life to happen.
Consistency means that if you are spending a weekend with family, it’s okay to relax, go out for dinner and choose something you’ll like. Yes, food is fuel. However, sharing meals is part of our culture. It’s how we socially engage with one another, spend time with our families and raise our children.
So, yes, weighing and measuring every piece of food you eat will most likely deliver you the result you’d like – temporarily. However, what happens when you no longer want to do that? What happens on vacation or over the holidays or when spending time with family? Will you let your inability to be 100% compliant become an excuse to throw your good habits out the window?
Do not worry about being perfect every meal of every day. Eat quality foods in the amount that sustains your energy and performance for your everyday tasks. Do this more than 80% of the time and you are going to find yourself with very good nutritional habits AND results.