I’m a nurse and my husband is a doctor, so medical jargon is a regular occurrence around our home. So when I heard the phrase “minimum effective dose” I totally got it.
In medicine this means the smallest amount of drug that produces a therapeutic response.
The same principle can be applied in fitness – the minimum effective does is the smallest dose that will produce the desired result. Basically it means getting the most bang for your exercise and dietary buck.
Are you applying the minimum effective dose in your fitness journey? Are you getting the best results for the least amount of pain, sacrifice, time, work, and suffering?
There is common misconception that harder is better.
That complicated is superior.
That more restrictive produces better results.
It’s just not true. You don’t have to be miserable to lose weight. There isn’t a direct relationship between suffering and your results.
And if there is one lesson to take away it’s this: Just because something is good doesn’t mean more is better.
Take a look at what you’re doing in an effort to achieve your goals and think about using the least amount of restriction necessary.