There is power in the ability to see the trees and the forest at the same time.
Archers, for example, aim slightly off the target to hit the middle (that’s the paradox).
They do this not only because the arrow bends (and throws the trajectory off slightly), but because over-focusing causes less accuracy.
When aiming for our targets, fat loss or mass gain, it’s no different. Overfocus here causes us to zoom in on only a couple of variables (be that calories or some certain “rule”) while neglecting the rest. Often, it is our health that pays the biggest price. Like I talked about in Why Chasing 6 Pack Abs May Make You Fatter, once our health goes, so does our results.
WE DON’T HAVE TO AIM AT THE CENTER
I’ve had clients lose twenty-to-thirty pounds without giving them a diet just like I, myself, have gained muscle without focusing on muscle growth.
The key is to aim slightly off to the side.
- Instead of dieting and counting calories, eat more foods (greens, fiber) that cause you to naturally eat less.
- Instead of adding more arm and chest exercises to build your upper body, do hormone-stimulating exercises like squats and deadlifts.
- Instead of logging 5 hours a week on the treadmill, sleep more.
The point is that THIS is all related.
If you focus on changing one variable, you risk changing them all. If you do not know which variables these are, then failure is likely.