Alright first off.. I know that isn’t a real word. But bear with me here.
“I worked out super hard today.. so I can totally afford to have pizza tonight.”
“I’m going for a run first thing in the morning, so sure I’ll have cake.”
“Let’s go to the gym first so we have all you can eat sushi without feeling guilty.”
Sound familiar? Too often I’ll hear members in the gym, friends, or even clients using this justifying attitude where they feel they’ve earned the right to eat junk because they’ve gotten their workout in. Sure… this may be a reasonable way to help maintain where you’re currently at… but if maintenance isn’t your goal it’s time to smarten up. Is exercising around a treat meal beneficial in helping your body partition that meal a little better? Definitely. But if you get yourself into a cycle of exercising and eating bad food, it’s going to be significantly harder to get to your goals.
Remember, you can’t out train a bad diet. Let yourself have treat meals but remember that being half compliant when it comes to following a healthy nutrition plan will only get you half the results. You cool with that? Didn’t think so. Stop being a justifier. If you rock a super awesome lift at the gym, why would you delete that hard work by filling yourself with garbage? Reward your body for that hard earned exercise with fuel that’s going to bring you closer to your goals not further from them. You want this? Go get it.
Oh… and go lift something.