Archive for month: November, 2013

She’s the epitome of health.

She exercises religiously five days a week – consisting of four days of heavy strength training coupled with two to three short, intense sprint sessions – and never, ever misses a workout. She preps all her food in bulk at the beginning of every week and is never seen without her cooler full of ready-made, home-cooked meals. She drinks a gallon of water a day and pops her fish oil on the regular.

She politely declines when offered a donut at work and walks swiftly by the corner bakery without a second glance. She sips on sparkling water at the bar when she goes out with her friends and can still throw her head back in laughter and have a ball of a night. She has never, never been seen eating anything considered remotely unhealthy – no sugar, no grease, no unrefined grains. When approached about the best way to lose that muffin top or her preferred method of cardio, she’s more than happy to chitchat and offer her two cents.

Girlfriends admire her dedication. Men can’t tear their eyes away from her sculpted glutes when she struts by. Her waist is tiny. Her abs are chiseled. Her smile is radiant

She’s the epitome of health.

Except that she’s not.


Dieting is never thought of as an easy process. Granted, for most of us, it’s not. The journey is undeniably simple — stick to this food list, consume this many calories, and so on and so forth. Yet execution isn’t always a success. All of a sudden, everything that’s temporarily forbidden takes on a new luster, and what was previously just another snack in your cabinet has now become that one thing you can’t have that you suddenly really want.

We somehow convince ourselves that are we going to die — immediately — if we do not cram that cookie into our mouths right this instant. As a rational adult, you know this is absurd thinking, of course. But at that moment, we are not rational adults. We have rapidly regressed to cranky toddlers on the verge of throwing a tantrum if we do not get what we want within the next 10 seconds. It’s become a matter of life or death.

No more all-or-nothing; moderation wins!

No more all-or-nothing; moderation wins!

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Sohee Lee, NSCA-CSCS is a personal trainer, online coach and writer. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in human biology from Stanford University, she interned at Cressey Performance before her current position at Peak Performance as a performance coach. She specializes in women’s fat loss and the fitness mindset.


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