🔊Volume Up⬆️ vs Volume Down⬇️
Have you ever been to a party or concert where the music was pumping loudly from the PA system? At first you were quite receptive to the booming sounds permeating your ear drums😝. However, after an hour of two the volume becomes just tolerable😐. A little while longer and the incessant sound becomes too much😰, you have a splitting headache and have to leave😵.
I view the process of dieting in much the same way.
✌🏻️There are two ends of the spectrum when it comes to how stringent you are with tracking:
👉🏻Strict - 🔊Volume Up⬆️
As you draw closer towards a competition or photo shoot you will need to be more meticulous with your tracking and food preparation. The deeper you delve into a deficit and the leaner you get, the more profound the impact any minor change in calorie intake could have on your physique. To remain accountable and compliant you must hit within a 5-10g range of each macro every single day. You want to be in control of all the variables at this stage of the game and as a result your attention to detail is at an all time high.
👉🏻Relaxed - 🔊Volume Down⬇️
Conversely, if you are trying to build muscle in a calorie surplus or you are just starting a dieting phase then you can probably allow yourself a greater level of flexibility with your tracking and food choices. That’s not to suggest that you shouldn’t remain accountable (a “free-for-all dreamer bulk will only hinder your fat loss efforts in the future) but your range can be broader and you can afford to be a little more relaxed with your tracking at this stage. -
🧠 Dietary compliance is heavily influenced by psychological factors and for some people the process of meticulously tracking everything they eat can be overbearing😩. If you’re in a perennial state of dieting where the “volume” is on full blast for an extended period of time you may become so overwhelmed that you turn the music off all together. Excessive dieting can leave you physically and psychologically drained. However, if you’re looking to achieve sustainable results I highly recommend moderating the “volume”🎚where appropriate so you don’t give yourself a headache and turn the music off all together☝🏻.