It’s this time of year when many people start wavering on their healthy eating resolutions.
But whilst the excitement of the new year may be starting to fade away, that’s no reason not to stay excited about the rest of the year, and what you will achieve if you continue (or restart!) your good nutrition endeavours.
Below are 5 of my top tips to help prevent you from falling off the dietary bandwagon:
1) Focus on what you are gaining by eating healthily, not what you are giving up. Sure, it’s easy to watch people around you merrily tucking into their chocolates and biscuits and feel deprived that you are not. But do you also want their muffin top or fat ass? Or their cholesterol lined arteries? Or their sugar addiction? Not so much. Focus on the fact you are GAINING a leaner, fitter, more energetic, longer lasting, sexier, healthier, more vibrant body and mind.
2) If you have a slip up, let it go and carry on. I know it can be easy just to think, ‘sod it.’ and give up, but think about it this way. If you were pushing a car up a hill, and it slipped back a little, would you let it roll all the way back down to the bottom, or would you stop it as quickly as possible and carry on pushing so that all your hard work wasn’t wasted? Exactly. So keep going.
Failure Is Simply The Opportunity To Begin Again. This Time, More Intelligently – Henry Ford
3) Surround yourself with positive people with similar goals to you. There is something incredibly powerful about the people in your proximity, and this can be both positive and negative. It’s why being a member of a Bootcamp like mine is so conducive to achieving results – everyone wants you to do well and hit your targets because they are in the same boat. On the flip side, if you’ve got people around you who would much rather you stayed out of shape so that they feel better about themselves, you’re really going to be up against it. I’m not saying ditch your friends and family, but DO spend more time with people who are going to help you stay accountable and keep you going when you have a wobble.
4) Don’t be tempted to cut calories too low. I see this all the time. People get really eager and just want to get the weight off as quickly as possible, so they cut their calories way too low and then fall victim to their body’s natural chemical reaction which is a) to slow down your metabolism right down and b) make you lose all self control and binge. Make your plan (or get a professional to help you) and stick to it. You do not need to starve yourself to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. You need to Eat and eat well. Don’t try to cut corners.
5) Put yourself in an environment that helps you stay on track as often as possible. By this, I mean get rid of all junk and processed foods in your house, at work, in the car, etc. Don’t use the kids as an excuse. You will help them develop lifelong healthy eating habits if that is what they are used to from a young age. By doing this and clearing your environment of temptation as far as possible, you can then reserve your willpower only for the times when you really need it. Willpower is something you want to rely on as little as possible when it comes to losing weight because even the most strong willed person’s willpower will cave if relied upon too regularly!
I hope you find these tips useful. Please keep going. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it!
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