Berrardi's First Law

Berrardi's First Law

 

Dr. John Berardi is the founder of Precision Nutrition, the most respected name for nutrition coaching in the fitness industry today.  He's also a PhD nutritionist, a master trainer, and was able to turn his small coaching business into a 40 million dollar company that has served more than 100,000 clients in the past 15 years. 

He's the man.  He's also a go to reference for me as a coach.  One of his great contributions to my own work in nutrition is what we call "Berrardi's First Law".  It goes as follows...

"If a food is in your house, someone at some point will eventually eat it".

Truer words have seldom been said.  There is a reason that our offices fill up with Halloween candy come Novemeber 1st.  That's because people know the importance of getting that stuff the heck out of their homes.

It's not a willpower thing.  You don't have willpower.  Those people who you think have amazing willpower...they don't.  Instead they have built systems into their life so that making the right choices becomes easy (sometimes those systems are built into their own thinking.  But it's still not willpower).  

If you're trying to eat healthier and live better one of the best systems at your disposal is just controlling your environment.  Remove the bad foods in your environment and replace them with good foods. You're going to eat.  Your decision making is going to be based on what's available to you.  If you struggle with sweets, remove them.  If you want to eat more veggies, then keep them around.  Simple. 

And this idea of systems is a really important one.  When people are trying to change they really beat themselves up when things aren't going as they thought they would.  They tell themselves that they're not good enough, they're not strong enough, or they're not smart enough.  It's a harsh existence.  But it gets a little easier when you can critique the systems in your life without having to put yourself down.

So instead of beating yourself up use Berardi's First Law to gain some perspective.  If changing your behavior around food and diet is a goal of yours then remember...

"If a food is in your house, someone at some point will eventually eat it".