As many of you know, T-Nation is one of my favorite websites to visit. It’s jam packed with tons of training, nutritional, fat loss and inspirational articles from literally the top strength coaches and trainers in the world. Coaches who train professional athletes. Coaches who get people ready for modeling gigs. Coaches who train powerlifters, bodybuilders, and housewives.
To say the breadth of knowledge and experience put up on the site is wide would be an understatement.
Anyway, enough of me confessing of my love for T-Nation.
I hopped on the site this morning and found that today’s article was written by Dan John. Dan has been described as the Yoda of the strength community, and I completely agree. Every article I read or interview I listen to with Dan, at some point I go “Woah”, Keanu Reeves style.
Dan’s article this morning (which you should read here) discusses eating like a warrior and eating like a king. In short, eating like a warrior means being extremely dedicated, focusing on the moment and attacking fat loss with everything you have for a short period of time (4-6 weeks.)
On the other hand, eating like a king means keeping the big picture in mind, planning ahead, and in general being an adult.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Someone recently asked me about “the secret to nutrition.” Seriously, you don’t know what to do about food? Here’s an idea: eat like an adult.
Stop eating fast food, stop eating kid’s cereal, knock it off with all the sweets and comfort foods, and ease up on the snacking. And don’t act like you don’t know this: eat more vegetables and fruits.
Really, how difficult is this? Stop with the whining. Stop with the excuses. Act like an adult and stop eating like a television commercial. Grow up.
Every success in your life doesn’t call for several extra rounds of beer, a salutary doughnut, and high fives from everyone. You’re an adult now; you don’t need a cookie every time you do something special.
Great athletes score a touchdown, goal, or point and just keep moving along. It’s your job, so get over it.
“Act like an adult.” That’s some tough love right there. That phrase to me says-take responsibility for your actions. If you’re not losing the weight you want to lose-take responsibility for it and change your actions.
If more people took this to heart, I absolutely believe that we would be a thinner, healthier, less-diabetic ridden, cholesterol-reducing-pill-popping, achin’ and hurtin’, happier society.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for enjoying nasty, greasy comfort foods-at times. But in serious moderation and not for every meal and certainly not to “celebrate” everything from getting a high five from your boss to using the last of the toilet paper. When people get in the habit of eating whatever is placed in front of them without putting any thought into, bad things begin to happen. And nobody wants bad things to happen.
I’ll prove it. Let’s take a quick survey: If you want bad things to happen to your body and would like to be less healthy, then raise your hand……anybody?……anyone at all?……guess not. I told you so.
As Dan says, “stop eating like a television commercial” and starting eating like you know you should. You’ll be amazed at how huge of an impact this simple thing can have on your body.