How to get in amazing shape, Rule # 1

March 24, 2008          Comments (4)

Here it is. Ready?

Don’t let yourself get really hungry.

When you let yourself get very hungry it’s almost impossible to make good decisions. Whether it’s after a long day of work or school or just after a busy day, the chances of you eating the way you really want to are highly unlikely when you’re ravenous.

I know when I’m famished the last thing I want to eat is something healthy.

Rule 1A: There is no such thing as will power.

Do not keep crappy foods around. You’re only going to sabotage yourself. Here’s the problem:

If I had my favorite ice cream in the freezer (Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked – Ugh, it’s unreal), every single time I go into the kitchen, I’m subconsciously going to ask myself, “Hey Guru, you want some ice cream?” and it’s almost impossible to keep my paws away from it.

Or if I had my favorite cookies in the cabinet (It’s a tie between Chips Ahoy Soft Batch – the ones in the red package or Oreo’s, Double Stuf – obviously) I’d be asking myself the same question.

It’s so much easier to just not have junk around. So you don’t have to ask yourself those questions.

Also, I’m not saying you can’t ever eat junk again. Once in a while is fine. But let’s face it. Have you ever got up from sitting on your couch after eating a whole bag of Doritos and cookies and everything under the sun and said, “Damn, I feel freaking amazing?”

Life is too short to not feel amazing as often as you can.

Again, I’m not saying that once in a while you can’t indulge. But the whole idea is that eventually you’re going to love how you feel by eating so well that you’re not going to want to eat crap anymore.

But for some reason when you’re really hungry…you’re going to want crap.

Remember. Rule numero uno.

Pura Vida!

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  1. Adam, I’m going to assume this is going to be the beginning of a new little series on your blog. I’m excited…great start so far…

    Comment by Lara — March 24, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  2. Great advice, Adam. It’s good to know how a pro stays on track!

    Comment by Jaclyn — March 24, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  3. Lara, yes it is. Glad that you’re excited!

    And thanks, Jaclyn!

    Comment by Adam Gilbert — March 25, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

  4. […] Continuing with my ‘how to get in amazing shape’ series, (Part 1 here) the next rule is something that many of my clients are (delightfully) surprised at. The key isn’t to starve. Actually, that’s exactly what you don’t want to do. Rule #1 is to never let yourself get really hungry. […]

    Pingback by Guru Gilbert » How to get in amazing shape, Rule #2 — May 15, 2008 @ 11:34 am

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