Don’t Stress About Minor Details (Focus on What Truly Matters)

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People in the fitness industry are obsessive.

Going to the gym and eating a healthy diet is very important but it shouldn’t become your whole life.

At some point people seem to lose sight of why they started going to the gym in the first place. Maybe you want to lose weight and gain muscle to look better. Or maybe you want to improve for a sport you enjoy. Whatever your goal is there’s no need to obsess over it.

Giving 100% effort in the gym is mandatory.

Once you go home you should focus on eating a good diet so that you can lose weight or gain muscle.

That’s all you have to do to look, feel and perform better than 90% of the population.

Seriously think about that. All you need to do is lift weights and count calories and you will look better than most people walking down the street.

But people who love going to the gym go much further than that. They track their macronutrients, worry about meal timing and bring food from home everywhere they go. (Because they believe the world will end if they don’t get their 200 grams of protein that day.)

In fitness circles people are proud of the fact that they do extreme things. I wouldn’t have a problem with this if extreme measures lead to a big difference in results.

But they don’t.

At best they add 5% progress over a year.

You think 5% is a lot?

5% difference absolutely makes a huge difference if you are competing at the elite level of any sport.

But for the average lifter who just wants to be healthy and look good it does not matter.

Consider what you are giving up for this tiny benefit:

  • Eating out with friends and family
  • Having a drink to relax and have fun
  • Productivity (Instead of worrying about when the perfect time to eat your next meal is you could be focusing on your education, career or business.)
  • Time that could be spent with family and friends

You are giving up your time and potential to have fun for a little extra progress in the gym.

If you are just getting started that’s fine and absolutely normal. I am proud of you for putting in the work to change your life.

But once you have been training and eating healthy for a year or so you should move past this phase.

Some people say that there are more important things in life than having six-pack abs.

Obviously that’s true but the statement misses the point completely.

You can have a great body without obsessing over your diet and training 24/7.

Instead of going to the gym 5 days a week just go 3 times. Going to the gym more often than that won’t lead to better results anyway.

Discipline and consistency are great traits to have.

But you should use discipline to improve your life. Being disciplined just for the sake of it is clearly pointless.

For example: Going to the gym 5 days a week and eating only ‘clean’ foods (broccoli, spinach, brown rice, chicken breast, etc.) requires a lot of discipline.

It’s far easier to train full-body 3 times a week and use intermittent fasting to make dieting easy.

The first approach is hard and requires a huge amount of discipline. The second approach achieves the same result (improved body composition) with far less effort.

Ask yourself: Why am I doing this?

If you want to achieve this body you will need to sacrifice other areas of your life. (You also need great genetics.)

If you want to achieve this body you will need to sacrifice other areas of your life. (You also need great genetics.)

This does not require extreme levels of discipline and dedication.

This does not require extreme levels of discipline and dedication.

The methods you use have to fit the goal you want to achieve. If you want to compete in bodybuilding shows, become a fitness model or be a professional athlete you will have to sacrifice other areas of your life.

I have nothing but respect for anyone who sacrifices to achieve their dream.

But if your goals aren’t as extreme why would you sacrifice other areas of your life unnecessarily?

By all means go to the gym and track your food intake. Everyone should do that.

But don’t go to extremes that will make you miserable in the long run.

Being in shape is fantastic so make sure you actually enjoy it.

PS: If you want to achieve your dream physique without having to completely change your life get my free guide to weight loss. It will show you everything you need to know without wasting your valuable time.

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