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    Am i broken mentally

    Can mentality/ the way you think and motivation control your hunger and cravings?

    Im currently cutting & when I feel most motivated and have the mentality of having a clean week without any errors (Hitting calories and macros) I dont feel that hungry and I have no cravings but sometimes deeper into the week when motivation starts to fade I feel more hungry and cravings start to happen an this is where I fault sometimes.

    Im the type go all out perfect hitting exact calories and macros but If I slip up I always try to restart the process the following Monday lol until I get that clean perfect week.

    Is it just me or does everyone work like this? and how does one keep the motivation consistently throughout their cut?
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    Originally Posted by Cautious1 View Post
    and how does one keep the motivation consistently throughout their cut?
    If you rely on motivation alone I think you'll fail pretty quickly. Automation is better than motivation IMO. Setup habits you can just follow without too much thought. Whatever that is for you, do it, but for me:

    - I make a list of "cutting meals" and all of my meals come from that list. There's very little decision making that way.
    - I work out on the same schedule
    - I eat at the same times every day
    - I avoid opportunities for eating out.
    - I automate all of my cutting "tricks" like decaf coffee in the evenings (same time every day), extra sleep, extra water, clean the snack foods out of the pantry, etc.

    Reduce all of those unpredictable decisions so that motivation isn't needed anymore, you just follow the routine.
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    There's no such thing as 100% motivation 100% of the time. If you flop on wednesday and miss your macros, and then compound it by not hitting macros for the rest of the week.. you're making everything worse. Just because the work week starts on monday doesn't mean your dietary plan has to. That's nonsensical, and a way for you to self-sabotage. Trying to get a "clean perfect week" sounds like a recipe for disaster and again.. more ways for you to self sabotage.
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    OP- I have done the exact same thing, and I am prone to self sabotage as well. That being said rhadam above is entirely correct. Stop that.
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    Worry less about "clean" and focus more on the calories. Cravings often happen because you are 100% denying yourself of something you enjoy. Are you planning on going the rest of your life without it? You have to learn to moderate the amount and portions of the "treats" and still keep your calories in check. If you miss your macros here and there, it is not that big a deal. If you miss your calories, then this can set you back. I suggest you redefine your weekly expectations and the whole idea of a "clean" week. If you meet your calorie goal for the week, then I call it a success. The macros help you fill up more and are worth aiming for, but I wouldn't feel like I failed a week if I didn't hit them.

    One other thing to try is to do your "official" weekly weigh-in during the time when you are less motivated (or the day before it to motivate you).
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    Thanks for all the replies. They are very useful advice
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    There is the feeling of being a failure when we have a meal that doesn't go according to plan, that we have screwed up since the weekend has been ruined it doesn't matter anymore, and continue going off track. Accept what has happened and work on the next one as we can't change the past and predict the future.
    There is also the possibility of being distracted with meals such as using technology while eating, and not appreciating the taste and textures of food, which could possibly cause the want for more food.
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