Long ago, when I first began to pay serious attention to my training and nutrition, I learned of a general principle that has served me well and has since become the cornerstone of my body composition success.
Berardi’s First Law: If a food is in your possession or located in your residence, you will eventually eat it.
Corollary to Berardi’s First Law: If you wish to be healthy and lean, you must remove all foods not conducive to those goals from said residence and replace them with a variety of better, healthier choices.
Second Corollary to Berardi’s First Law: If you know someone whose house is stocked only with optimal food choices and yet who is not healthy and lean,
look under his bed.
The bottom line is that you must stock your house with all the ammo you need to fight the battle of the bulge. My body fat ranges from about 5% to about
8% throughout the year and the only way I’m able to maintain that level of leanness is by removing all temptation from my home, where I spend most of
For years I’ve advised my clients and athletes to do the same. Now I bring the message to you. Your willpower and discipline will be tested enough at social events, at lunch meetings, and as you pass the six Krispy Kreme locations on the commute home from work. If you’re to have any chance of success, you need a safe home base.
So, round up all the offending grub and give it a warm send off as it pulls away in the back of a garbage truck. For those who think it would be more charitable to drop it all off at a food bank, I have news for you: the poor don’t want your mother’s half-empty box of Ho-Ho’s. If you really want to help, make a donation, drop off some good food, or volunteer your time.