While many people are looking for the perfect diet, you can’t be a perfectionist if want to lose weight. There is no perfect training program or diet, and different programs work for different people. It is more important to find a program you enjoy than finding the perfect program.
The first problem with looking for a perfect weight loss method is procrastination. If you wait for a perfect plan, information overload will kick in and you will end up wasting all of your time trying to find the perfect weight loss plan and never deciding on one. You will never start because looking for perfect plan, and trying to choose between all of the popular diets which are working for others, such as keto, intermittent fasting, or weight watchers.
As I have said in previous videos, the key for your weight loss program is ultimately going to come down to the calories you are intaking versus the calories you are burning. The specific plan you are on is not important, and if you are burning more calories than you are taking in through food, you will lose weight every time. This is why searching for the perfect diet is a waste of time because as long as you are meeting this one simple requirement, you will be able to lose weight.
Next, when trying to do everything perfectly in weight loss, “perfectionist mode” will kick in and work against you. This is a diet consisting of chicken, broccoli, and rice every day, or something similar. By trying to have this perfect diet consisting of the same food for every meal, you will not create a sustainable and eventually you will fall off of the plan. This also limits you with no cheat meals and no restaurants which is impossible to sustain.
Your diet needs to be flexible, so you can eat all of the things you want, so you can sustain it over a long period of time. When trying to have a perfect weight loss program, if you screw up, you think it is the end of the world. This is the “end of world effect”, where you think to skip one workout messes up everything, and then you do not know what to do. In reality, having a cheat meal or missing one workout does not matter at all in the long run as long as it is not consistent.
Consistency beats perfection, so enjoying your program over time is better than having a perfect program for the short term. Perfectionists look for fastest results and don’t think about having a consistent and sustainable program. This is a huge mistake, as this kind of thinking leads to short term results which will disappear as soon as you stop following the diet.
In conclusion, if you really want to lose weight, don’t be a perfectionist and look for the perfect program. Instead, find a program you enjoy and you can do every single day. This video highlights in further detail all of the issues with trying to do everything perfectly in weight loss, and why it doesn’t work. It also explains how to avoid this, and instead find a program which is not perfect, but is sustainable and works for the long term.
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