3 Major Keys People Mess Up On Their Diet

Cory Gregory

Dieting is never easy but it’s not meant to be. That being said, a lot of times people want to take shortcuts or try to cheat the system but the fact of the matter is that dieting takes a lot of hard work and dedication over extended periods of time. Because of that, there are a lot of things that people can do to screw this up.

1. One of the biggest ones is not planning effectively. I believe that if you’re walking out the door with zero clue where your food consumption is coming from or what it looks like that you’re already setting yourself up to fail. If you have a certain spot to go to then that’s a little different but if you aren’t preparing you’re shooting yourself in the foot. What happens is that as the day goes on, you get into a situation where you’re starving and all of a sudden every fast food joint looks extra bright, the vending machine looks good and all of your decision-making is made because you’re so hungry, not according to your goals.

2. Another major factor in failed diets is drinking for no reason. It’s no secret that I like to drink beer. I’ve always made that clear and I think it’s okay, in moderation. But why are you drinking on a Tuesday night when it doesn’t pertain to your goals? Set it up to where you’re an angel throughout the week and then don’t eat bad on the weekends, but enjoy some beer. It’s all about the balance and a lot of times people drink for no reason. This isn’t just empty calories but it dehydrates you for training and your body will take longer to rehydrate. Your performance is going to decrease and you’re going to feel worse longer. Just make sure that when you are drinking that there’s a purpose or some type of event around it.

3. Lastly, I see people unable to control their cheating. Hear me when I say this, cheat meal, not cheat day. It’s not that we’re at the trough now just to eat everything in sight. Personally, I like tacos so on Fridays maybe I’ll do tacos with some ice cream. Saturday I’ll do a burger, fries and some beer. Figure out whatever moves the needle for you and then it doesn’t become a binging experience but more of a rewards system. You need to change the way you look at it because cheating doesn’t mean that everything that isn’t tied down is going down the hatch. Before you know it, you can slam so much food that it messes up all of your progress throughout the week. If you cheat properly, with the right amount, it can raise your metabolism and make you look tighter.

Everything has a strategy in life so, in conclusion, make sure that you have some type of preparation and that you’re taking it seriously. Don’t drink for no reason when it’s not helping you better. It’s actually putting you one day further from your goals, not one day closer. Control your cheating and use it effectively. Make it a rewards system and be smart about it. When you’re smart about it, all of these things can help you achieve your goals and it isn’t so much a diet anymore, but a lifestyle instead.

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