Why Being Willing to Cheat Can Help You Lose Weight

I was recently talking with a client who has lost 30 pounds. He told me something that totally shocked me. He said there was one critical moment that started him on his weight-loss journey.

It was at a Pop Warner football game. He was surprised to see me eating a hot dog (bun and all). When he commented on it, I replied, “I cheat all the time.”

Hot dog

Do I recommend eating hot dogs? Nope. Is constantly “cheating” on your meal plan a good idea? Of course not.

So, how could my little confession HELP someone?!

Well, it’s related to a phenomenon I’ve seen before. In fact, I’ve laughed about it with other Herbalife coaches. Do you know how many potential clients have taken Herbalife’s supplements or weight loss products to their doctors and asked, “Should I take this?”

I haven’t kept careful track. However, I can tell you that none of them, not one, has EVER taken a McDonald’s or Taco Bell ingredient label to their doctor and asked, “Should I eat this?”

When we want to lose weight, we become perfectionists. We think we have to change everything. And heck, if we’re going to go to the trouble of trying, we’ve got to get it EXACTLY right. We have to run an hour every day, lift weights for two hours, and only eat minimally-processed, “clean,” organic, gluten-free everything.

And so we never start.

Or, we make it so difficult that we burn out quickly.

I’ve done this myself. None of the options at the restaurant seem that healthy, so I get the massive burger I was craving anyway. I start my day with two doughnuts, then I give up and eat crap all day. I plan a 90-minute workout at the gym, fall behind schedule, and don’t do anything.

Three years and 50 pounds later, I can tell you there’s a better way.

After I told him I cheat all the time, what did my friend do? He started. And he did it right. He made massive changes and small commitments.

1) Massive changes. This is an important piece. When we decide to make a change, we want to strike while the iron is hot. We’re motivated!

Take advantage of that energy! Throw out all the junk food. Buy a treadmill. Join a gym.

Just remember…

2) Small commitments. You think you’re going to work out for two hours every day? You probably won’t. If you commit to it, you’ll let yourself down, become discouraged, and give up. Don’t do it.

My client committed to doing SOME exercise every day. And he did. For over 50 days straight. But each day, he just focused on fitting it in that day. He also started asking himself, “What can I do to eat a little bit healthier today?” THAT mindset has lost him 30 pounds.

Working out for 2 hours one day a week will never give you the benefits that you’ll see from 30 minutes, 4 days a week. Eating “perfectly” for four days and then binging Friday through Sunday will leave you fat and frustrated. And as a coach, it breaks my heart to watch.

Set yourself up for success by making massive changes. Reach that success by making small commitments and following through on them each day.

What is one change you could make this week to improve your fitness? Can you commit to it long-term?

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