Recently I was gifted the TB12 Method. Being a long time Patriots & Brady fan it didn’t take long for me to read the entire book.
It was good. Not great. His background story and the reason he developed the TB12 Method is interesting. The section on pliability is interesting. The sections on diet, hydration, and sleep is nothing you’ve never heard before.
This book contains some gems. it also contains some pseudosciency claims like drinking enough water can prevent sunburns.
What really impressed me is how disciplined Brady is in his everyday life. He has schedule meal times. He drinks more than half of his body in ounces, always with electrolytes. He even stays away from vegetables (nightshades) like tomatoes because they can cause inflammation. This is extreme.
Brady’s lifestyle is something that would be hard for the average Joe to replicate. First of all, most people don’t have jobs that allow them to train as much as a professional athlete or have schedule meal times throughout the day. Second, most people don’t have a reason to maintain such a strict lifestyle. Sure, everyone would LIKE to drop a few pounds and be able to remain active as they get older. However, not many people have a a WHY? As in WHY the hell should I maintain such a strict lifestyle if I’m a middle aged accountant? WHY am I giving up my vices for avocado ice cream?
Brady’s WHY is football. Brady’s life revolves around football. His lifestyle choices are made with motivation to play football for as long as he possibly can. So it makes sense for him to get 10 hours a sleep a night, eat the cleanest diet possible, and spend hours doing pliability exercises.
The average person won’t go to these lengths. The average person has hard enough time giving up sugars and processed foods. The average person doesn’t have a larger goal to motivate them. This is why I believe most diets, lifestyle changes in general, fail.
The average person will follow a diet for a few weeks and then eventually the motivation will fade away. They think “deprive myself of life’s pleasure for what? I’m not a starting quarterback in the NFL. I’m a middle aged office dweeb whose only athletic activity is fantasy football.” I don’t have a good answer for this. Extreme lifestyles are only for the insanely driven. There’s no reason to feel bad for eating tomatoes in fear they will give you slight inflammation.
With that said, if you clicked on this post, and have read this far you’re probably interested in making some lifestyle changes. If that’s the case then you should find your WHY?