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The mental aspect of fat loss: Are you setting yourself up for failure?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 by  
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Last night on Facebook I posted this quick blurb about my upcoming cut:

I’m getting really fired up about my upcoming cut. I always start the process about a month in advance, thinking every day about my goals and how I’m going to reach them. At the end of December I’ll shave down (sounds silly, but it helps me mentally when cutting), watch Rocky & Pumping Iron, get my initial meal plans & workouts drawn up and then lock into “all or nothing” mode.

I find that those things help me get into the proper frame of mind to be 100% dedicated to the cutting process. Some of the things are practical (the meal plans and workouts), and some of them are just little tricks I employ to get my head in the game and start the ball rolling. Once the cut begins and I start to see progress, then momentum takes over and brings me the rest of the way. As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate of momentum building. That’s why when I’m cutting I don’t have cheat meals, miss workouts or deviate from my cutting plan in any way until I reach my goal. Some people say they require a weekly cheat meal to “stay sane”, but I’m the exact opposite. Even one cheat meal would destroy the momentum I’ve built. Once I’m deep into a cut and temptation rears its ugly head, all those weeks of dedication make it easier to stay on target. When I’ve been “perfect” for many weeks in a row, I don’t want to break the streak! If I were already having a cheat meal once a week or whatever, it would be much easier to give in and say, “Ah, one extra cheat meal won’t kill me!”

I think the mental side of a fat loss program is something many people gloss over; I also think that’s a big reason why so many fail. I’m not saying what I do will work for everyone (it won’t). What I am saying is that you’ve got to be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses, and then smart enough to use that information to your advantage.

More than 1,600 of you have BodyShop accounts, but the number of users who regularly use the site is a small fraction of that. If you tried BodyShop and didn’t like it, I’d really like to know why. Did you find the site slow? Buggy? Ugly? Unintuitive? Difficult to use? Something else? Please be blunt with your comments. “The site sucks” won’t help me much, so brief details explaining why you don’t like the site would be appreciated. I’ve started a feedback thread, and I’d really appreciate it of you’d take a couple of minutes to post your thoughts.

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