The enemy of GOOD

Yup. It’s only January 4th, but I’m already starting to hear about the 2023 excuses.

So yesterday, my wife and daughter went to one of those big box gyms because they wanted to get in the sauna for 20 mins. Unfortunately, we don’t have room to build a sauna here at the gym, but I’m quickly becoming convinced that we need one at home.

I asked them how crazy-busy the gym was with all the New Year’s Resolutioners.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t that packed. Of course, all the treadmills were full (don’t get me started on how much better strength training is for fat loss), but overall, the gym was pretty slow.

While my peeps were checking in at the front desk, they watched 3 people walk in the gym, see all the people on the treadmill, then walk right back out the front door.

“Ahh, it’s too busy. I just won’t work out today.”

So lemme ask you…

Have you already tapped into your Rolodex of excuses, or are you staying in the game?

As is the case every January, most of us are looking to lose weight – more specifically, we want to lose fat and build muscle to get that athletic look that “pops” in golf attire.

And there is one truth that can never be disputed. No matter what the diet people will try and tell you.

It’s this:

In order to lose weight consistently, your body needs to be in a caloric deficit – i.e. you burn more calories than you eat.

Now, where most of us go wrong is that we are trying to out-exercise a bad diet. And that just ain’t gonna happen.

Michael Phelps can do it. We simply don’t have 6 hours a day to train in the pool.

Instead of taking on the fool’s errand of trying to outwork your bad diet, put 80-90% of your effort into your nutrition.

First off, stop fixating on your daily calories, and concentrate on being in a deficit each WEEK.

You don’t need to be perfect every day, or every meal. You just need to be good.

One bad day over the course of a week is not going to derail your progress.

I want you to concentrate on total calories consumed over many weeks and months. As long as your average day is good, you’ll get results.

If you know you have a wedding reception on Saturday with an open bar and you want to get weird with your buddies, then make sure you keep your calories low on Friday.

It’s kinda like Mike Trout from the Angels. He’s going to have days that he goes 0-5, a month when he goes through a slump, and will have to deal with injuries throughout the year.

BUT, at the end of the season, his average is going to be .300 because of his overall consistency. On an even larger scale, he’s batting .305 after 11 years. For a guy who is never perfect, he’s a first-ballot HOFer.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.

If you need some guidance, and a plan, then check out the 18STRONG Diet Stack. It’s how we consistently, over time, add small nutrition habits that add up to long-term success.

To quote Merlin (played by Tim Robbins in the original) from Top Gun, “Get in the game Maverick!”

Your #1 Fan,
Jeff Pelizzaro

PS – Tomorrow, we’re going to talk about the importance of strength training in the fat loss equation.

You can check out the 18STRONG Membership Fat Loss Program if you want to jumpstart your weight loss now.

It’s the program we designed for busy golfers who only have 20 minutes per day to get in their strength training, but still want to look great.