Even though training for fitness and bodybuilding competitions is just about the only time you legitimately should be trying to be as close to “perfect” as possible for the twelve weeks or so of contest dieting, even these folks have lapses where they deviate from their diet and exercise plans. What is the difference between the champions and the ones who never make it up on stage, or don’t place very high? The difference lies in how they perceive having deviated from their plan, and how fast they catch themselves or take control of the situation. You might call it making “better bad choices.”
Let’s say that the champion encounters a situation where, unexpectedly, the only food available for hours on end is pizza. He might have a slice or two, and move on to his next meal on its regular schedule when it’s time. On the other hand, the person who never reaches his goal will probably have a “last supper” of sorts with the pizza, perhaps downing an entire pie because he figures he won’t be having pizza again for a long time…and since he’s already blown it, he might as well dig in. Well, guess what? The champion will still clock in at the end of the day with enough of a calorie deficit to promote fat loss (because he stopped at one or two slices, which doesn’t have so many calories that it ruins the diet for the day). The person who ate slice after slice because he was upset that it was the only choice available will have a calorie surplus for the day and may gain bodyfat as a result, rather than lose bodyfat like he wanted. The same analogy works for exercise…the champion might miss a workout and make it up the next day or simply resume the next workout on schedule, whereas the person who fails will say, “I missed today, I will never do this right…I might as well stop working out, since I obviously can’t stick to it. There is no point in trying.”
So what’s my point? Make “better bad choices” whenever you can. And never give up more than you have to when you deviate from your diet or workout plan.
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