The Simple Choice Is Usually the Best One: Part Two

In the first part of this life lesson, I wrote about intimate relationships and how the simple solution to a problem is usually the best decision to make. In part two I will look at another area of life where simplicity is often passed over in favor of needless complexity: the desire to change your body through diet and exercise.


Lose the Weight, Not Your Mind

Many dieters often choose extreme diet and exercise programs over simple and proven diet and exercise principles. They get sucked in by the hype and enthusiastically start these programs. They are absolutely convinced that this time things will be different. Predictably, they soon give up from a lack of results or because it was too difficult to stick with it.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, bodybuilders that are dieting down to very low body fat levels for a competition need to use a strict diet and training program. For most people, though, a simple diet and exercise regimen will provide them with the results they are seeking.


Sometimes Less Is More

Another group of people notorious for over-complicating things is novice weightlifters trying to build muscle. First, they pick their workout program from a bodybuilding magazine/website that a professional bodybuilder or athlete used. Then they try to train like a veteran lifter when they have spent little to no time lifting weights.

Some even go a step further by designing their own program. They do four exercises for every body part and spend two (or more) hours in the gym each session. This is way too much for a beginner to do and can result in serious injury.

Beginning weightlifters that want to build muscle should use a simple program consisting of the basic compound multi-joint lifts. These lifts include bench press, overhead press, squats, and deadlifts. It isn’t a “sexy” program and it’s hard work, but you will definitely see a lot better results than you would from a program with lots of isolation lifts.

The Simple Choice Is Usually the Best One: Part One
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2 Comments to “The Simple Choice Is Usually the Best One: Part Two”

  1. By Annemarie Chivalette, March 12, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    Hi, I’ve been a lurker around your blog for a few months. I love this article and your entire site! Looking forward to reading more!

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