In this video I’m going to show you the fastest full day of eating you’ve ever seen and I’ll share the importance of your self-image in achieving your fitness goals.
First of all let me give you an update on how my cut is going. In short, it’s going great. I’ve been cutting for a week now and I’m already looking leaner and I dropped a ton of weight. This morning I weighed in at 79.3 kg which means I’m down 3 pounds.
That’s something you should know and expect. In your first week of cutting you’re going to drop a lot of weight and most of it will be water, glycogen and reduced food content in your GI. Don’t adjust your caloric intake after the first week. Wait until the second week and if you see you drop weight too fast or too slow adjust your calories as needed.
In my case, from now on I expect to lose 0.5 to 0.8 kg per week which would mean 1 or 1.5-2 pounds a week. I’ll keep you posted.
Now, in this video I’ll show you all my meals from today but first I’d like to answer a very good question I got on email.
Of course I fast in the morning so I’ll have a cup of black coffee to blunt appetite and improve concentration. Reading the email: our friend named Florin asked a very good question.
He says that he’d really like to have abs this summer but everytime he tries to get a 6pack he gets to a point where he looks too small so he decides to stop his diet. The problem is at that point he’s unhappy with both his size and definition and he just bulks back to his starting point.
His question: I’d really like to have abs, what should I do?
I think the reason you can’t make a real change in the way your body looks is because of your self-image. Let me explain.
The self-image is the way we see ourselves; it’s what we consider true about ourselves and the world around us. For example if someones states “I can’t be productive in the morning” or “I gain fat easily” or “I have a bad memory” they are stating something they believe about themselves. And all these believes put together make the self-image.
Modern psychology has shown that we literally cannot do something that contradicts the way we see ourselves. In the 1960’s dr Maxwell Maltz proved that our self image regulates our behavior in the long term exactly like a cybernetic mechanism. That statement probably didn’t make any sense but stick with me.
An example of a cybernetic mechanism is the autopilot on a plane. As soon as the plane reaches a certain altitude the pilot sets a certain trajectory and activates the autopilot to keep that trajectory.
Now, if along the way the plane is hit with some turbulence and it deviates of course, the autopilot senses the deviation from the set goal and adjusts the flaps and the engine to bring it back to the set destination. A plane flying on autopilot is actually of course 97% of the time because it always makes small adjustments to stay on course.
Your self image is also a cybernetic mechanism. If you see yourself a certain way and you start to get results that deviate from that image your self image will adjust your behavior to correct the deviation. For example if someone sees themselves as fat, when they lose weight without changing the way they see themselves, they will shortly go back to where they started. Or if someone sees themselves as weak and they try to build strength, they will plateau all the time and when they will make some strength gains they will miss some gym sessions or something and they will go back to being weak.
How does this happen?
Through the inner dialog, our thoughts. When a person with a fat self-image starts to lose weight they will start finding reasons to stop the diet. In your case it’s the idea that you’re getting too small. For other people it may be things like “Oh I lost a lot of weight, I deserve a cheat day.” or “Why the hell am I doing this, I was happy before”. This is the false voice of reason; it’s the self image trying to maintain your current situation.
Also the way you see yourself in the mirror is very subjective because you actually see yourself in your mind. Even if you look awesome, if your self-image is bad, you’ll think you look really bad.
So what should you do?
Well, the first step is becoming aware of those thoughts when they appear. Recognise them as the false voice of reason and don’t follow them. You will feel uncomfortable because you’re changing the very foundation of your personality but stay true to your goal.
Next, start seeing yourself as the person you want to become. Start visualising yourself the way you want to be and through repetition that image will become your self image. And everyday take at least one step that will get you closer to your goal, it doesn’t matter how small it is. It reinforces a good habit.
So that’s my answer that question. I really hope it helps and I’ll address this self-image subject in a future as well.
A Full Day of Cutting:
Morning: Water and a cup of Black Coffe
What did you think about my meals? What are your favorite recipes when cutting? Have any questions? Let me know in the comment section below!
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