How many times have you set crazy goals in the haze of the New Year only to find yourself back to your old routine within weeks?
Have you ever wished that you could make healthy eating and working out a regular part of your life?
Let me explain how you can harness the New Year's opportunity and avoid typical mistakes.
1. You don't know why you're dieting
Take the time at the start of the year to plan out your progression and clarify your goals, you might be selling yourself short about what can be achieved.
Fix:Be clear about what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. Knowing what your motivation is will give you the determination to persevere when things get tough. Don't drift into a diet plan because of peer pressure. Don't shy away from being honest about your goals. Vanity is an acceptable goal and it is better to own your vanity and act on it versus pursuing it in a roundabout way. For most people pursuing aesthetic goals will lead towards health anyway, it is only at the elite end of bodybuilding where health and appearance take diverging paths.
Choose the criteria of your diet and measure frequently:
- Caliper measurements
- Progress Photos
- Circumference measurements
- Clothes fitting better
- Belt notches
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar- FreeStyle Libre offer a great device
2. You're thinking too short term
The challenge is to ensure that you make the best use of the New Year window of opportunity to eat oddly and cut back socially. Think about January as being foundational to the rest of the year, a time to consolidate, plan and implement a set of strategies and behaviours that will support you long term.
3. You've no idea about numbers
4. You're obsessed by the numbers
5. You're eating wrong for you
Find foods that you enjoy eating. Learn how to cook. Learn how to make nutrient dense foods taste great. Learn the energy values of the foods you really enjoy and learn how to incorporate them into your diet regularly.
Fix:Match up your diet with your preferences, otherwise, you're setting yourself up to fail. Dieting is hard enough without eating foods you dislike.
You love meat- don't become a Vegan. You love carbs- don't go Keto. You love Science- don't do a diet based on your DNA.