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How To Make This The Last "New Year, New Me"

Do you want to make 2020 the best year to date and become the strongest, fittest and most confident you've ever been? As we near the end of 2019 everyone will be thinking of how they can make 2020 their year and get in shape. Over the next couple of months, gym memberships are going to skyrocket as all the “New Year, New Me” people flood them. I worked in a commercial gym for six years before opening up my private studio. In those six years, I saw many gym-goers turn up in January and then 95% of them leave over the next couple of months to. Maybe you’re one of these people, however, this year it’s going to be different for you. Why? Because you have an advantage over all of these other “New Year, New Me” seekers. You’re reading this article, the article that is going to help prevent you from quitting a couple of months into your new healthy routine. For this to happen you have to first realise why it is that you quit, luckily for you, I can tell you the answer so you don't have to try to find it out. The reason you quit after a few months is that you start the new year trying to change EVERYTHING. Currently, you aren’t exercising, you aren’t eating lots of healthy food and you're not banning any foods from your diet. When January comes around you go into every “health” mode you can think of. You start dry January and cut out all alcohol. You hit trying to get fit hard by exercising five days a week. You go all out trying to get healthy by banning all your favourite foods from your diet and live off salad and chicken. This is the equivalent of wanting to learn how to juggle and trying to juggle six balls at once before you can do two. Equally, If you decided you wanted to learn how to ski you wouldn’t chuck yourself into an Olympic athlete's complicated programme that requires intense training five days a week without easing yourself into learning the basics first. Yet every year you do the complete opposite with your training and diet, why? You try changing everything at once and you throw yourself into five intense sessions a week when you haven’t been doing anything prior. I have been working out consistently for seven years ( minus some time off due to injuries) and I currently only train three for four days per week. You haven’t trained consistently for more than a few months yet you’re about to train four to five times per week. You need to ease yourself into this transition, trying to change too much and do too much all at once is going to result in quitting because too much change is not sustainable. Most people can only sustain a maximum of two changes at once. Trying to change anymore becomes too complicated, stressful, tiring and difficult. Again if you tried juggling six balls you'd drop every single one, if you start with two you will more than likely catch both and pick up the skill quicker. This is what I'm advising you to do this New Year just pick one or two things max and pick what you will find easiest and enjoy the most. I always advise starting with the gym and small nutritional changes first and nothing too drastic. People find it much harder to change their eating habits compared to committing to exercising. Start by going to the gym three times per week for 45 minutes, walking for 10 minutes extra a day and change one small thing in your diet. If you currently have a chocolate bar every day (260 calories) change it to a small pack of chocolate popcorn (126 calories) If you currently have two bottles of wine per week (1400 calories) change it to eight gins and diet lemonade (584 calories). If you currently drink five teas a day (1295 calories per week) change it to two teas and three fruit teas (518 calories per week). This alone has the potential for you to lose 3-4 lbs of fat a month and how much easier does that sound to stick to? Training 2.25 hours a week, walking 10 minutes extra a day and changing one or two small things in your diet, still eating food you like, feeling happy, no stress and no fatigue. VS Training 5 hours a week, removing all of your favourite treats, removing all carbs and living off salads and soups, not drinking any alcohol, becoming moody, stressed, tired and on top of that aching like a mother f***er because you’ve trained every single day. Trust me, you will get ten times the results doing the lesser option simply because you will stick at it much longer. Don't get caught up thinking more is better because it's not. Sure when you get further into your journey become a bit more advanced you will be able to cope with more change and push yourself more, but right now you won’t be able to nor do you need to. If you’re serious about making a change this New Year for good then I want to help you. All you need to do is email me through the (Free Personal Training) link below asking for help identifying what one change can be made in your nutrition. I will help you identify where change can be made and I will also advise you on what workout you should be performing. If you want to get off to the best start in 2020 there are two other ways I can help you. Free personal training - Come along for a week's free personal training in my fully private training facility and learn how to exercise and eat effectively for your goals. Click here to book in your free week. Download and listen to my podcast for free - I discuss ways in which you can improve your results by applying the simple tools I layout for you in each episode. Click Here to listen Download my complete beginners' guide to fat loss - This free guide will teach you what you need to know on how to lose fat and comes with a free training plan. Click Here to download. Best Wishes, Louis


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