While contest dieting for the Olympia, Dorian Yates would dream he was bingeing on sausages and junk food.
He’d wake up panic-stricken, and for a brief moment, he’d think he had just eaten those foods.
And then he’d remember—he doesn’t keep junk food in the house.
So, arguably the most focused bodybuilder of all time wasn’t 100% confident in his willpower.
Nor did he feel it wise to test it while dieting.
Is it reasonable to think you’d fair better?
The key takeaway here is not “junk food is bad.”
It’s recognizing that willpower is a finite resource. So set yourself up for success by removing temptation and creating a supportive environment.
In other words, if you don’t keep junk food in the house, you can’t be tempted to eat it.
And if you surround yourself with people who support your healthy habits, you’ll be more likely to stick to them.
Remember, achieving your health and fitness goals is not about being perfect or possessing superhuman levels of willpower.
It’s about creating a sustainable, healthy lifestyle that supports your long-term goals.
Just something to consider before bringing home three bags of Doritos “in case company drops by.”
– Coach Bryan