Few sayings do I despise as much as “keep it interesting”. You put someone on a diet plan designed to melt fat off and keep or increase muscle tone and what do you think happens: exactly one week later you get a “now what?”. What do you mean by “now what”? I wonder and I understand the person thinks we’re gonna “keep it interesting”. Well, surprise surprise, there is no present at the end of the week, this was number one of maybe 16 weeks til you’re walking on stage. So, voila, you keep at it of course! The magic trick in dieting successfully is being consistent. And no way over a week only. I wonder what that reasoning comes from. Did anyone promise you as a child that you’ll get something nice as a reward every time you did your homework? I for sure didn’t, doing homework and chores were mandatory, not achievements.
“Keeping it interesting” is the opposite of what true bodybuilding is all about. Bodybuilding is repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition and then push some more, then repeat, repeat, repeat. The whole concept building muscle relies on the principle of adaptation. You want more muscle? You gotta keep on pushing and repeating forever.
Diet success builds up during weeks and months. First week accomplished, great, now second. Then third. What do you think you’re supposed to get? A refeed every time you’ve done well? That might not be the case always. Some weeks you’re at a plateau and getting through that plateau will either be keep your cardio and diet as planned or refeed and hope your body will not kick you in the stomach and say “hey, we knew your were gonna give us some, so we just hung tight til you fed us gorgeous fat cells! If you had waiting a tad longer and got a bit leaner, well, then yeah we more likely would speed up your metabolism a bit instead, but hey, we got our will through so now we’re happy and can keep our wonderful fat!”
And no, you don’t need to change your food options every week. Why should you? It’s not like you’re dramatically gonna change your leanness from doing tilapia instead of cod. Or green beans instead of broccoli. You’re not “good” because you cope with eating the same same more or less all the time, that’s a given and if you cannot do it, well you’re gonna struggle. I’m not talking about eating one kind of veggies and one kind of protein source, but I am talking about needing to spice things up all the time. It’s no damn sex life we’re talking about, it’s FOOD and TRAINING.
It truly separates the pros from the amateurs: the ability to use discipline and consistency consistently. Nothing pisses me off more than impatience. People who’ve never seen their abs are impatient when they don’t get cut in a month. And they blame their diet for no results when the diet is not followed due to major slips. And yeah, major slip can be having an extra cup of something here and there if you’re going for a chiseled body.
“Oh, I really got shredded when I ate tilapia and asparagus, but I didn’t when I had chicken breast and cauliflower”. You say so? Well, I don’t believe you. I think you just for once did pay attention and followed the program 100% and of course you were rewarded results. Pretty simple in my opinion.
Keeping it interesting is really a shitty expression because it takes away from the power of commitment.