Saturday, 7 March 2009
This has to be the most annoying conversation I find myself having with people.
This week I am trying to lose some body fat. Before Christmas I was 10%, yet now I am 12%. Since most of my training is with body weight exercises, I have certainly noticed the difference.
Here's the scenario: we're out, having a meal.
"Aren't you drinking?" someone might ask.
"I am trying to lose some fat this week."
Incredulous look. "You? Trying to lose fat? But you don't need to!"
Inward sigh. "I do - I put on a load over Christmas and am trying to get back to where I was."
Typically, at this point, they are still not buying it, and start to enlist the support of others, who, naturally, are able to match their outrage.
So here's a story I have started using to explain this better.
Suppose you have a brand new Porsche. You drive around in it for a year. It's great. Around Christmas, someone steals the Porsche, but the insurance company replaces it with a Ford Mondeo. How would you feel? You would not be happy. But wait! All your friends are driving round in Mark 1 Fiestas - so it's okay, right?
It usually works.