My books for men and women—Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger—include an entire section on the “mental game” of getting fit. I’ve also recently published an entire book on the topic called The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation.

The reason I’ve put a lot of time into discussing the “softer” side of fitness is just knowing what to isn’t enough. You also need a strong enough why—strong enough to help you persevere through the struggles and setbacks, pick yourself up when you fall, and ultimately see your goals through to completion.

Fortunately, you don’t need a psychology degree to accomplish this, either. It mostly boils down to understanding and applying a few powerful mental strategies that effectively combat many of the mental hobgoblins that can sabotage you.

If you can overcome these obstacles, you’ll probably get the body you really want, and if you can’t, you probably won’t. It’s really that simple.

All that is why I invited my friend and fellow fitness professional, Sal Di Stefano of Mind Pump Media, on the show. Sal’s a bit of a specialist on the inner game of getting fit because he spent the better part of a couple decades in the trenches helping normal, everyday people get into great shape and he knows what the real issues are and what really solves them and what doesn’t.

In this show, we talk about . . .

So . . . if you’re curious how you can conquer the mental demons that so often demoralize dieters, this episode is for you.


18:20 – What is the psychology behind food and why is it hard to break bad eating habits?

20:51 – What are some of your strategies to help break people’s attachment to food?

53:53 – How have you dealt with the high expectations of body standards?

58:34 – Do you still have body insecurities?

1:13:39 – Where can people find you and your work?


Mentioned on the Show:

Mind Pump Media Website

Mind Pump Free Resources

Sal’s Instagram

Oh and if you like this episode want to be notified when new episodes go live, then head on over to iTunes, Stitcher, YouTubeSoundcloudSpotify, iHeartRadio, or Google Podcasts and subscribe.

Lastly, if you want to support the show, please drop a quick review of it over on iTunes. It really helps!

What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!