Rigid meal plans and training programs are appealing because they promise a clear path from A to B. And yes, if you have the willpower on a full-speed arrow and a mind that loves authority, you’re in for a win.

But, if your goal is to keep your results for life without always relying on someone else, obeying rules and mastering compliance won’t teach you the skills to take ownership of your health and fitness.

Instead, it’s the lessons you learn from failures and struggles that make a change possible.