June 8, 2016 Vincent Vis

A fitness introduction to the confirmation biais

1464986572900What the fuck you say? Please don’t be offended.

Chances are, you fall on either of the two categories below:
The 1st category smelled bullshit miles away when they saw that pic, and watched the video to know how bad it really was.

The second category actually believed I had a secret to unveil. And naively clicked.
Well, first of all, I won’t blame you. I have been there. And even though it’s not about physique anymore, I find myself falling in similar traps all the time.  Today, I want you to understand this: don’t fall for the CONFIRMATION BIAIS.
You want to feel good in your body. You want to look good. I get that. But everytime your brain makes an association between an action and a result, I would invite you to take a step back and actually assess the logics behind it. Is there a proper, proven cause-effect relationship, or is it just your brain building imaginary links to confirm what you believe or want to believe in?
See, you are smart enough to know that eating baguettes with decent amount of butter hardly equals getting abs.
But what if I was telling you about that protocol that involves eating high good fat packed salted French butter first thing in the morning, respecting a 8-hour daily eating window?
Or what if I offered you with a fitness package that promises to yield this kind of results, money-back guaranteed?
“Ripped & Flow, a 90 minute session of High Intensity Training that taps into our muscles ancestral ways of moving to produce maximal results”.
You may smile now, but many would have let the confirmation biais work its wonders, firmly believing that eating butter, or training some kinds of movement, is actually what they needed to do. Truth is, it is way more complicated and person – specific  than that. But that’s not my point today.
This kind of BS is out there, everywhere, sometimes ona very subtle level. And many use the first scientific study they can place their hands on to reinforce that biais. Take everything with a grain of salt. Even that “scientific study”. Even your own brain’s logics,  sometimes.
Moving forward,  the next step is to find the time and the headspace to ask ourselves what truly motivates us when we make decisions, in all areas of our lives. Are they that meaningful?  What are the biais playing us subconsciously? Once aware of it, what needs to be done to #sortyourlifeout?
Mindfully yours,

 

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