I received an email yesterday from a newer JSF visitor who has been following my 2015 cut. This gentleman began his fitness program on January 1st, but has been struggling to stay on track. I checked out his food logs on MyFitnessPal, and was, frankly, appalled.
Instead of addressing his email, I asked him if I could blog about it this morning. He kindly agreed, with two conditions: that he remain anonymous, and that I not pull any punches. Done and done.
First of all, let’s discuss diet. I don’t care how new you are to fitness and dieting, everyone knows that a stack of pancakes with syrup, butter and bacon is not a wise choice for a healthy breakfast. This is especially true if you’re in the process of cutting body fat. Playing dumb and asking for help when your breakfast is comprised of 1,400 calories worth of junk food is insulting. If you’re eating crap like that you know damn well why you’re not losing body fat.
“But I exercise!”
I don’t care. Read this, and never forget it: YOU CAN’T OUT-TRAIN A BAD DIET.
Diet is everything. I exercise–probably more than you do. Do you see any junk food in my cutting meal logs? No, you do not.
Apart from logging my stats and meals, I don’t spend much time on MyFitnessPal. I’m all business when I’m cutting, so the social features of MFP don’t interest me in the least. I do, however, quietly check out other people’s food logs on occasion. Some of them are very impressive, and those are the same people who enjoy excellent progress.
Quite a few of the food logs I view, however, are absolutely abysmal. It’s shocking how many people who are supposedly dieting consume highly processed foods, alcohol, fast food and other incredibly poor food choices on a daily basis. It’s no surprise that those people–many of whom have been on MFP for years–are still fat, and nowhere near their goals.
So, getting back to yesterday’s email:
“I wish I had your willpower, John!”
If I had a quarter for every time someone has uttered that lament, well… I’d have a bigass jar full of quarters.
Guess what? You do have my willpower. Each and everyone one of you. It may be buried under your lame excuses, but it’s there. Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it.
(I realize that long-time JSF readers may already be familiar with my “Million Dollar Challenge”, but not everyone has seen it.)
What is my “Million Dollar Challenge”? It’s simple: If someone said to you, “If you go six months eating clean and healthy foods, don’t consume any alcohol, avoid all cheat meals and don’t miss a workout, I will give you $1,000,000, tax free.”
A million bucks for six months of “work”? There’s not a single person reading this who would not walk away a millionaire in six months’ time.
Keep that in mind while you’re cutting and you’ll realize that the question is never “Can I do this?”, it’s “How bad do I want this?”
So don’t ever email me and tell me that you wish you had my willpower. You are responsible for you, and the choices you make are your own.
So, what’s it going to be? Excuses, or progress? That’s entirely up to you.