Welcome to Part 2 of The Ultimate Guide to Cheating.
If, at the end of Part 1 you were thinking, “God, you’re such a Dick. You didn’t tell us anything about implementing the cheat,” then you would be 100% correct. In truth, this series is part of something larger – guide that will show you how to never stray from your diet again.
But more on that later. In the meantime, let’s talk about how to implement the cheat, shall we?
There are various levels of cheating and for good reason. If you implemented an all out cheat (i.e. a “storing fat for the apocalypse” kind of cheat) every time you had to go to lunch with coworkers, progress would come to a standstill if not outright go in the other direction.
So, we’ll break down cheating into 4 categories and discuss the implementation and appropriateness of each. You’ll want to make sure that you read the guide to counting macros, as I’m going to refer to some shortcuts with regards to eyeballing portions, counting alcohol, etc.
In the last decade, as a fitness coach and the co-founder of Fitocracy, I’ve been exposed to the stories and data of millions of people and countless successful transformations, including my own.
Despite these success stories, most people fail at fitness and obesity rates are increasing. Yet, if people understood the secret to fitness, success would eventually be inevitable.
You see, the one thing that I hear the most is “If I just had the motivation…”
People think that the secret to making a successful fitness transformation is about finding motivation.
They think motivation is like some sort of fitness Tinker Bell that you can pull out of your pocket at any time. She’ll sprinkle magic pixie dust that makes you instantly hate the taste of pizza and love the treadmill.
There are few morning things that have the power to absolutely dictate my mood for the day. A loss in my fantasy league, for example, will pretty much ensure that I’m scowling even on the nicest of days.
More relevant thing to you, my dear reader, is the number that I see when I step on the scale while I’m on a fat loss diet.
Fortunately the scale reading is only a number. Like all pieces of data, this number may or may not be an accurate reflection of whether or not you are losing fat.
Let’s look at problems with over relying on your scale weight and how we can better interpret said weight.