Contrary to popular belief, I do in fact take rest days from the gym. A lot of the time when people start training, all they want to do is go 110% every single day and not eat any junk food for 3-years. As amazing as this might sound to a new client or a new gym-goer, it isn't very realistic. Dieting and training is something that should be developed into a healthy lifestyle. Why do 90% of New Year's resolutions end within the first 7-14 days? It's simple: People go from a horrible lifestyle for 10.5 months followed by Thanksgiving with just a few weeks until Christmas and New Year's and, boom, let's get healthy. Remember, it took you (insert age here) years to get fat; it won't take you 2 weeks to get skinny. The process of working out and finding foods that work best for you is what the end goal is really about. If you don't go out of your way and take a rest day, eat half a Stromboli in one sitting and sleep for 14 hours afterwards, then you'll burn yourself out. Instead of going cold-turkey right away, work on (for example) cutting one thing that you know is bad from your diet. Let's say you choose to cut out eating after dinner from your diet. Right there, you're saving yourself about 300-750 calories a day and allowing your body to fast overnight. After 2-3 weeks of doing this, cut out all sugary drinks from your diet. See the idea here...? This went into a more life talk and AA-type meeting for some food addicts I know out there but it's all relative. You'll hear it from me again and again: Enjoy the process, win the day and suddenly you'll be where you wanted to be all along.