Why Liverpool’s 7-2 loss to Villa can help you lose fat

One bad result won’t spell the end of Liverpool’s ambition to win back-to-back Premier League titles, just as one small slip-up shouldn’t mean you give up hope of building the body you want, says New Body Plan creator Jon Lipsey

I just wanted to share this quickly after something unexpected happened yesterday evening. It was this: Liverpool, the reigning Premier League champions lost 7-2 to Aston Villa, who spent most of last season battling to avoid relegation.

It’s one of those freak results that makes sport so entertaining to watch (unless, of course, you’re a Liverpool fan). But the reason I’m thinking about it today is because it tells us something about the best way to approach your own fat loss ambitions.

You see, when Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp did his post-match interviews, he talked about how disappointed he was with the scoreline. He talked about how disappointed he was with the mistakes his team made and he talked about how disappointed he was with how they executed his plans.

What he didn’t say was “well, now we’ve lost this game there’s really no point in making any effort for the next one. In fact, we might not even turn up.”

Now, there are certain contractual obligations that mean the men in red are required to take to the pitch again. But the main reason they will show up is because one game does not define a season. One loss does not condemn a team to eternal failure. But for some reason, when you transfer the idea of a set-back to a fitness context, it often leads to unnecessarily absolute consequences.

Chump or champion?
Far too often, when someone experiences a setback in their fitness plans – it could be a missed workout, a disappointing weigh-in or a deviation from an intended diet – they tell themselves that they’re not up to it. They tell themselves that they’re doomed to fail so they might as well save themselves the time and effort and give up now.

Here’s the reality: we all f*ck things up. We all make mistakes. We all fall short of our expectations. But you know what? That doesn’t matter. What matters is how you respond to those setbacks. You can’t change what’s happened in the past. You can’t un-eat a doughnut. But you can decide whether or not you shove one down your gob in the future.

I’ve spoken to so many guys who tell me that they struggle to stick to a diet or a training plan. But the truth is that they’re just not picking themselves up after an inevitable setback. They’re throwing in the towel when they make one mistake.

I cannot stress this enough to you: when it comes to fitness and fat loss, success does not require perfection. It requires perseverance. So don’t let one slip up define you. Make a start, make a mistake and make the decision to pick yourself up and carry on.

It’s what Liverpool will do. It’s what true champions do. It’s what you should do.

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