Diets Don’t Work
I am sure you’re reading this thinking to your self what do you mean diets don’t work? You may have tried a few diets yourself and have actually lost weight however, this was only a quick temporary fix otherwise you wouldn’t have to do another miserable diet again.
Instead you must implement a lifestyle change. Before I began my fitness journey I was on a never-ending search looking high and low to find a balance with life and food. The problem was I wanted to look like the guys on the fitness magazines but I also wanted pizza and ice cream.
In other words, I wanted to have my cake and eat it too…. but isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?
Why not be able to eat the foods you want to eat and still lose weight?
My next venture in life was to find a way to make this possible. I wanted to find a balance, I wanted to form a good relationship with food, and I wanted to be able to have abs and eat cake at the same time.
There is a reason why diets don’t work. This is simply because it is a temporary fix, its not a true life style change.
Lifestyle changes are a process that take time and require support. Once you’re ready to make a change, the difficult part is committing and following through. This is why it’s crucial to have a plan, set small goals, and take things one-step at a time.
American Psychological Association states in order to begin a lifestyle change you must find a plan that will stick, start small, change one behavior at time, involve a friend, and ask for support.
Here Are Five Ways To Start A Fitness Lifestyle Change
Make A Plan That Will Stick
Think of your plan as a map with checkpoints that you will cross through in your fitness journey. When I started my lifestyle change, I looked at it as an adventure- I couldn’t wait to cross the line into the next level.
However, throughout this journey you are going to have to take matters into your own hands and find what works best for you. One way of achieving this is by planning out which days would be optimal for training, what time of day will you be going to the gym, and also having a food menu laid out for the week.
After you’ve identified short-term and long-term goals, break down your goals into small, manageable steps that are specifically defined and can be measured. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds in the next four months, a good weekly goal would be to lose one to two pounds per week. If your goal is to simply start eating healthier, start today by switching out an unhealthy dessert with that of fruit.
Change One Behavior At A Time
Unhealthy habits and behaviors happen over a period of time, so replacing these unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones will develop over a course of time. You will run into problems when you try to change too much too fast. I’ve had most success when I focused on one goal or change at a time. Once those changes or behaviors becomes habit, I then try to add another goal that works toward the overall change that I am seeking.
Involve A Friend
Whether it is a family member, co-worker, or a friend having someone else on your journey that’s just as motivated as you will help hold you accountable. My suggestion would be finding a gym buddy who is also on a weight lose journey. Having someone to talk to and share your successes and struggles with makes the work less intimidating and the easier.
Ask For Support
If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your fitness goals on your own, consider seeking help from a credible personal trainer or an online wellness coach. Having access to someone that is trained to help breakthrough plateaus may be just what you need. Asking for help doesn’t mean a lifetime of training; something as little as a few weeks can help push you further then where you were before.
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