Physical Friday: 3 questions you must ask when designing a diet

food exerciseMy friend, and the owner of Brutal Iron Gym, Rob Polenik always says, “You can’t out train a bad diet.”

In other words, you can run, lift weights, and do yoga… but if you’re eating like crap you’re still going to look… like crap. Remember the old saying, “You are what you eat”? It’s true.

If you want to lose weight, add muscle, and increase your overall health capacity… you MUST pay attention to your diet!

I have found it helpful, when putting together a healthy diet that will help me accomplish my goals, to consider three factors:

  • Is it sustainable?
  • Will it fit my lifestyle?
  • Do I enjoy it?

Let’s dissect these three questions.

Is it sustainable?

Many people have lost weight quickly on a diet that simply is not sustainable over a long period of time (e.g. shakes, etc.). The issue here is this… you can lose weight but CAN YOU KEEP IT OFF? That’s the key!

The way you eat needs to be something you can do not for days or weeks but for months… even years! So the question is, is your diet sustainable?

Will it fit my lifestyle?

I do most of my work in my home office so what works for my diet will be different than the person who travels for a living. Having said that, you need to know that it is possible for anyone & everyone to establish a healthy diet regardless of lifestyle.

When considering your diet you have to ask yourself, “Can I eat like this during a regular work week?” The answer to this question will determine whether or not you will maintain your diet!

The final question is an important one…

Do I enjoy it?

OK, the truth here is that there are some things you are going to have to say “goodbye” to… even though you enjoy them! If you really want to lose weight, add muscle, and be healthy you are going to have to limit things like sugar, alchohol, processed foods, etc.

Fortunately however, I would guess that you like plenty of things that are good for you. The key here is to identify those things that are good for you and build your diet around those components.

So there they are, three questions the answers to which will get you started on a diet that will fuel a healthy and strong you!

Hey, I’d love to hear your feedback on these questions! Let’s get a conversation started!

P.S. Scott ran an experiment that proves “you can’t out train a bad diet.” Read about it here.

One thought on “Physical Friday: 3 questions you must ask when designing a diet

  1. Perfect post! Yes, Yes, and Yes…when you find the right balance that you enjoy and can sustain, what you gain far outweighs what you give up. I personally wouldn’t trade it for a McNugget or a Dorito any day of the week.

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