I was reading the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to my youngest the other night.

If you haven’t read it, it involves a caterpillar eating the following:

Monday = one apple

Tuesday = two pears

Wednesday = three plums,

Thursday = four strawberries

Friday = five oranges

Saturday = one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, one slice of watermelon.

Monday to Friday he’s hungry.

Saturday he goes nuts.

“That night he had a stomach ache!”

On the Sunday “he wasn’t a little caterpillar anymore. He was a big fat caterpillar.”

I’m sure where you can see I’m going with this……….

For most people being relatively sensible in the week is easier.

Maybe not ‘easy’, but easier.

It’s the weekend where we often undo all the good work.

And we get that he weekend will probably never be as ‘good’ as the week.

Ours usually aren’t.


It’s when it’s doing the equivalent of giving us a ‘stomach ache’…………

And makes us a ‘big fat caterpillar’……….

That maybe we need to question the extent of that difference?

Would Mr Caterpillar have enjoyed it just as much if he’d had 5 of those 10 items?

Maybe even 7?

There’s actually research that suggests that we get the majority of our enjoyment of something from the first three tastes.

Is there all that much difference in how much we’d enjoy the following two evenings:

A – Night out with friends with 10 pints, a curry with naan bread, rice, pickle tray, mixed starters, some shots and kebab on the way home, or

B – Night out with friends with 7 double G&Ts and a curry?

—————– Scale the above accordingly ——————

Maybe a little.

But not a massive amount.

Enough to justify probably three times the calorie impact?

And I’m sure we’d feel waaayyyyy better the next day after B.

And we wouldn’t then need to starve ourselves in the week on an apple, two pairs, etc.

You get the point.

We don’t have to live like saints (check if you like the idea of getting in shape without having to behave like a monk).

‘Pretty good’ in the week and ‘not too mental’ at the weekend should do it 🙂

Much love,

Jon ‘Boots’ Hall and Matt ‘Truck’ Nicholson

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Jon Hall

Starting in the fitness industry in 2002 and working up from free-lance Personal Trainer to Club Manager, Area Manager, and now co-owner of The Academy - Group Transformation Centre as well as training new Personal Trainers for the PT Academy, running online programmes and developing support products for other PTs, Jon has seen and done it all in his chosen field.   With a passion for helping people change their lives by addressing thought processes and mental breaks (rather than shouting at people at telling them to eat less and move more), Jon has an unparalleled record in helping people achieve amazing life and body transformations.   Enter your info in the box to the right of the screen to find out more about how we can help your transform your life and body in as little as 28 Days.   You can read '28 things you might not know about Jon'' here   Visit the main Academy GTC site:   Website keywords: Macclesfield personal training weight loss gym