Things I Learned This Week ~ 11/20/10
Usually, I have a list of things that I at least found interesting and would like to share, but this week I only have one question: Are you taking the actions you need to get the results you want?
The bottom line is that studies have continuously shown that although choices are good for “freedom” the shear amount of choices that we encounter and will continue to encounter steer us not towards greater success, but instead towards greater mediocrity.
The reason for this, is that we will typically stick with the “status quo” whenever we are confronted with a number of good alternatives. For example, doctors will typically delay treatment when there are 3 or more good alternatives.
An other example is, when confronted with an “easy diet” plan to follow and one more difficult, but effective most people just stuck to what they knew. The “easy diet” plan on the other hand was met with more adherence.
What’s the point of all of this?
The point is, stop giving yourself so many options. Pick one health or fitness goal and see that goal to completion. Don’t try a million different techniques and don’t try to combine every single piece of diet or exercise information into your head. Stick to one exercise program and one “diet” or nutritional plan. Stick to it for 6 weeks. See your results.
If you’re not getting the results you want, try another or better yet, find out more information from someone qualified to actually give you that information…and no that doesn’t mean your one friend who happened to lose weight on the Twinkie diet.
With that said, here’s a simple plan if you’re trying to lose weight:
1 – Eat a complete protein with every meal (eggs or meat). Protein keeps you satiated longer and rarely gives you large insulin spikes, keeping your blood sugar levels more stable. Also, the protein typically increases a longer sustained dopamine response in your brain so your not ravenous hours later.
2 – Throw out all the junk food you have, except one of your favorites. “Will-Power” and self-control are finite. Which means if you constantly have to resist the urge to “not have something” you are using up your will-power and self-control. Get rid of the stuff and there’s no temptation to “resist.”
3 – If you’re not working out consistently, get to the gym 6 days a week. I don’t give a shit if you go there and sit on a treadmill. Just by getting to the gym 6 days a week, you will be building a habit that holds most people back and is typically the hardest – getting there.
4 – Once you’ve built that habit up, pick one workout routine. If you’re a woman trying to lose weight, this is a good place to start: 5 Million Dollar Program.
If you’re a guy trying to gain size, start here: Training for Newbies.
5 – Stick to the damn program for 6 weeks and eat accordingly. Aka, if you’re trying to lose weight, eat less shit and more healthy foods. If you’re trying to gain weight, eat less shit and more healthy foods – with larger portions.
In other words, keep it simple, stupid.
So, I’ll leave this post with the same question I began with: Are you taking the actions you need to get the results you want?