Dr. John Berardi, President and Founder of Science Link, Inc. adds his nutrition tips every other week to the BetterGolfwithFitness Blog. During his 10 years of higher education, John has had the opportunity to work as a consultant to some of the top companies in the industry as well as some of the best athletes in the world.
The 10% Factor
by Dr. John Berardi
"If some people eat one food not on their plan, their failure to be perfect sets in motion a psychological chain of events that leads to frustration and the inability to get right back on the plan. The all-or-nothing mentality sets in and BAM!, they're back to nothing. But it doesn't have to be this way. 100% nutritional discipline is never required for optimal progress. The difference, in results, between 90% adherence to your nutrition program and 100% adherence is negligible. So allow yourself the extra 10% wiggle room. This will allow you the freedom to eat a few extra things not on your menu without the guilt and subsequent crash."
For more great training and nutrition wisdom, check out Dr. Berardi's Precision Nutrition program.
I really like this idea and I use it for my fitness clients as well. It's OK if you miss a planned workout, sometimes it's a good idea. Think of it like a "personal day" at work. It's not a planned day off or active rest, it's just a day that you decided that you weren't going to work out.
The same goes for "crappy" workouts. Sometimes you just don't have it and your workout isn't that great. It doesn't mean you have to stop the whole plan. It's just a speed-bump and you are going to encounter lots of them, in the gym and in life.
Keep plugging away, it doesn't have to be perfect.