When embarking on your diet and fitness journey, set realistic goals that can be gradually attained. Avoid setting yourself up for disappointment by starting with small changes. For instance, if you drink coffee, try using 2/3 the amount of sugar/creamer/milk.
Begin with manageable goals, such as working out three to four times per week, engaging in meal prep, adhering to a healthy nutrition plan, and aiming to lose one pound per week. Instead of fixating on the end goal, focus on each day as it comes. Ensure that the changes you make fit into your lifestyle. This will aid in creating long term habits.
A common error is fixating on a specific weight as the primary goal. While weight loss is advantageous, placing emphasis on the number the scale reads is counterproductive. Recognize the role of muscle mass in weight and shift your focus to attaining more energy, better health, and an enhanced mood.
IDENTIFY YOUR TEMPTING FOODS:
Everyone has certain foods that are hard to resist. Acknowledge these foods and make peace with them instead of eliminating them from your diet entirely. Restricting these foods may lead to increased cravings and eventual binging. Total elimination from the start will only make you want them more.
Rather than avoidance, consume small portions of these tempting foods once or twice a week. Ensure they are not readily available at home to minimize regular temptations. Aim to maintain a healthy diet 95% of the time, incorporating occasional indulgences, as adopting an “all or nothing” mindset is less sustainable.
START THE CHANGE NOW:
Not tomorrow, not next week. Now. Start today to minimize the potential for excuses. Initiate the process gradually to avoid burnout. For assistance in overcoming workout barriers and sidestepping excuses reach out and schedule an appointment with us!
REGULARLY ASSESS YOUR PROGRESS:
Commence monitoring your progress from the outset to stay motivated and witness tangible results. Tracking your exercise and diet enables goal-setting and personal accountability. Choose between numerous free apps that track diet, weight, and exercise or opt for a manual approach with a food journal.
Though manual, a food journal proves effective. Documenting your meals and workouts facilitates a comprehensive understanding of your dietary and fitness patterns, empowering you to make healthier choices.
MASTER TIME MANAGEMENT:
Effective time management is crucial when establishing a new routine. Plan your weekly workouts in advance and hold yourself accountable. Keep a water bottle and gym bag in your car for on-the-go readiness. Explore our blog for a curated list of essential items for your gym bag, ensuring you are always well-prepared and never miss a beat.
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