I hear this a lot.. I am offered cakes, muffins, and all kinds of delicious assorted pastries on a daily basis at my real estate office and many other places (drooling over the Starbucks pastry case every morning). I always turn them down, and I’ll hear so many people say to me, “why deprive yourself?… life is too short.”
I see these people chowing down all the muffins every week and I’m actually thinking the same thing about them… Aren’t they depriving themselves of nice bodies by eating them everyday? None of these people are in shape and they are all sitting around with big belly rolls and jiggles all over their bodies.(not like I'm judging but if I am questioned about my choices I will point fingers) I’m just thinking to myself when I see them, that they are depriving themselves of the great feeling of being fit. They are depriving themselves of being at their best. So I guess it’s all in how you look at it. I’ve personally never felt deprived by turning down the goodies. Sure I love them. I was raised on junk food and sugar,.. it’s like mother’s milk to me. But the feeling of being fit all the time is far greater to me than the temporary satisfaction of feasting on the morning pastry basket. So I will keep turning them down (not easy though) and I will not be depriving myself of the body I want. Everyone has different fitness goals, but I think no matter what they are, it will have to involve some level of making cutbacks on all that stuff. So next time you’re feeling like ‘oh, poor me… I can’t eat that stuff for my fitness goals’.. focus on what you’re getting (the body you want),… not what you’re giving up and it gives it a new positive perspective. A fit body requires a lot of food, but unfortunately you probably won’t reach your fitness goals by feeding on doughnuts, cookies and cakes. I have to look at those goodies practically every single day, and I don’t think they’ll ever go away, so that is how I get past it.
Eating properly changes your body composition and makes you look better. How strict should you be about not eating crap? It depends on the look you want and how much sacrifice you are willing to make, everyone is different. If you want to be a certain weight and wear a certain size clothing, and you don’t mind having cellulite….,belly rolls, and hanging flab…. eat all the crap you want while maintaining your special number on the scale. Throw some liquor into the mix and sit back and watch the cellulite spread…..still while maintaining that scale number.
If you want visible muscle and a lean looking body, staying away from the crap and eating properly is what makes the difference… regardless of how great you do your workouts.