When you first made the decision to get healthier, you were excited, possibly even a little giddy. The idea that you don’t have to be satisfied with the proverbial hand you were dealt is certainly empowering, and that rush of motivation may have caused you to jump headfirst into an intense diet and exercise plan.
But as the weeks went on and your results started to lag, your enthusiasm for your plan and your confidence in your willpower likely dwindled as well.
Kick your doubts to the curb with these Fitnez Tips that your fat-loss journey is in the hands of one person: YOU!
1. Fail to plan, plan to fail. The world is not on the same page as you when it comes to your nutrition plan and goals. Don’t expect to find a bounty of healthy, organic, and nutrient-packed foods at your work luncheon or at your friend’s St. Patrick’s Party. It’s on you to plan what you’ll eat or bring, and to determine how you’ll respond to tempting situations before you face them.
2. Plan, Shop and Cook! These are the four-letter words of nutrition, but can make all the difference when you’re trying to eliminate stray calories. The more food you prepare for yourself, the more control you have over what you are eating.
*When you eat at restaurants or depend on pre-prepared foods, you abdicate control to others. While this works occasionally, as an everyday tactic it will likely slow your weight loss to a crawl. Very often, the difference between any athlete and a champion is attention to details. While you were losing the majority of your weight, you could be less focused on the fine points, but now that you’re down to the last 10 pounds you really have to be dialed in.*
3. Break the on-again, off-again diet mentality. If you have a history in yo-yo dieting, make sure that you’re not alternating between being “good” and “bad” throughout the course of a week and weekend. View the weekend as time for you—not a time to rebel or “cheat” on your fitness plan.
*Remember that being at a healthy weight and body fat is about sustainable healthy lifestyle changes, not just a diet and exercise plan that you can maintain Monday through Friday. Revisit your goals and recommit to making healthy and realistic choices every day that set you up for success in the long term.*