Fitness, training, working out—whatever you want to call it—is a discipline. It takes time, effort, energy and unwavering mental determination. And whether your goal is to drop 20 lbs., gain 5, crush a marathon or become an All-American athlete, you’ll never get close without sticking to your guns and staying on track with your workouts and diet.
At the same time, the world around you is still moving. You’ve got school work, job responsibilities, family obligations—and other people to deal with.
Now you don’t want to become a workout-aholic and isolate yourself to the weight room and kitchen, but it’s important to recognize that other people might have different goals than you do. So, for all you disciplined and determined guys out there, it’s time to beware of the 5 Fitness Foes.
Foodies love food. They love food so much that they want you to love food as much as them, and if you don’t, they’ll make sure to let you know you’re missing out. Or even worse: That you’re being disrespectful.
Foodies aren’t bad people, they’re just people who love to explore, create and eat new and exciting foods. Only problem for you is that a revolutionary triple-layer fudge cake might be the best cake you’ve ever tried— but it won’t be the best thing for your aspirations of hitting single-digit body-fat levels.
Their go-to tricks:
“Try one little piece. It’s so good. You’re missing out!" or "Come on, it’s my great, great, great, great grandmother's recipe. You can’t turn this down!”
Option 1: Hold your ground. “Sorry, I’m on a diet that means a lot to me, and I’d appreciate it if you’d respect that.”
Option 2: Take a small piece. But remember, one small piece here, one small piece there, a little piece of a cookie— it all adds up. You be the judge.