How To Stick To A Healthy Eating Routine
This week I asked the following question on my social media….
What do you find most difficult about sticking to a healthy eating routine?
A) When I’m bored
B) On the weekends
C) In the evenings
D) I’m always hungry
E) When I’m pressured
F) Other - please state what that is.
I had many responses and they were all for different reasons.
Some were in the same category but all different as to why.
What I noticed is that no one, not one single person stated it’s because they’re always hungry.
This signals to me that their unhealthy food choices are down to habits and boredom which can be hard to fix and takes conscious thought.
A habit is something you do subconsciously and without thought like changing gear in your car, when you first started driving it would of took a lot of effort, now you just do it automatically.
I responded to everyone giving them tips on how they can change this and do you know what all the answers had in common?
Preparation and forward thinking.
This is genuinely the answer to all of your issues and excuses.
“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail” - Benjamin Franklin
Common issues people had were evening times, this is down to boredom and habit.
Now if you try to cut out the evening snacking completely you will struggle to stay away from those treats.
But if you replace those treats with a lower calorie and healthier alternative you’ll find it much easier to stay away from your previous unhealthy choices.
So what you need to do is put a plan in place and prep yourself for the evenings.
Let’s say you always eat a packet of crisp in front of the tv each night. By simply swapping the crisp for low calorie popcorn you half your calorie intake whilst satisfying your cravings and habit.
Most people struggle on the weekends because theres lack of routine, so you need to preplan a flexible guideline to stick to each weekend.
If you know you’re going out for a meal with your friends and you’re going to consume a lot of calories you need to think where else in your weekend you can save calories.
Can you push breakfast back til later in the day so you don’t eat as much before hand.
Can you swap that latte you always have for a flat white in your local coffee shop.
Can you save calories throughout the entire week by cutting out snacking.
By forward thinking and planning for these situations you are going to make your life and journey a whole lot easier.
To come up with these solution you are going to have to sit down and take some time out of your day to find the answers.
Write out a list of all the things you feel hold you back from sticking to a healthy eating routine.
Use the above list I asked on my social media to help you identify and get started.
Next write down the exact situations you struggle with in the category.
Now write 3-5 small changes you can make to help you out in those situations.
Then identify which one you think will be the easiest to follow or best suited to you.
Once you have that written down you need to take action and do what you’ve worked out.
Writing it down is the easy part, actually taking action and your first step is going to be much harder.
Touching back on last weeks email (if you missed it click here) it’s going to take hard work and persistence to make a change, it won’t be easy.
If you can’t give up 5 minutes of your day to sit down and write out what actions you can take to help you become healthier and fitter then you’re going to really struggle to see any results at all.
If you’re not currently getting the results you want then you’re going to have to do something different than you currently are.
This advice I’m giving you is going to be the best place to start and also give you some of the best results.
I done the same for my leg training as I wasn’t getting the growth and results I wanted.
I sat down worked out what wasn’t working for me.
I identified that I didn’t enjoy lifting heavy so I never put much effort in.
The solution I came up with was to lift lighter weight but for higher reps from 15 all the way up to 30.
I much preferred this so I trained harder.
Muscular growth is all about effort and volume (and calories but thats separate) with this new approach I was reaching more in both areas.
You need to identify what’s holding you back and come up with a solution.
If you don’t know where to start or how to put a plan in place then why don’t you contact me for a free weeks trial at my private training studio.
We will meet up, identify what you need to improve, educate you on how to train effectively and discus how you can improve your nutrition all without parting with your hard earned cash.
Alternatively you can email me the list you’ve created and I will help you identifying what areas you can improve.
If you’re serious about getting results and making a real change in your life then please email me firstname.lastname@example.org requesting your weeks free trial or help via email.
You won’t regret this offer, I guarantee it.
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