Hey there everyone. A very delayed Happy New Year to you!
I expect there’s a few of you out there who with the new year have embarked on a new healthy eating and fitness regime with great intentions of 2016 being the year that you finally achieve what you want.
For that I both salute and applaud you. I wish you nothing but success!
Perhaps you’ve signed up to a gym or got yourself a trainer or a programme online that you’re now following. These are all hugely positive steps and give you the opportunity to get those results you want with some support in your corner when times get tough.
To aid you along your way here’s a few more tips that may help with your journey!
1) Focus On What You’re Adding
With any ‘diet’ it can often feel like you’re supposed to be subtracting every food that you enjoy from your meals. It takes a little bit of work but rather than focusing on that you should instead look at what foods you can ADD to your diet. Every day ask yourself what NEW tasty nutrient dense food can I include today?
2) You Will Notice Some Changes
It’s amazing how quickly your body will start to change as you improve the quality of food that you’re consuming but as you do make those changes you may experience a number of issues ranging from headaches to constipation to nausea. I generally see these as little warning signs from the body that it's not massively happy so you may want to look at slowing down your changes.
It’s better to take small steps than trying to take giant leaps as these will develop the habits you need to have a new and sustainable diet. You don’t need to give EVERYTHING up in one go.
3) Food Is All You Need
If you’re having a wide-ranging diet everyday then there is absolutely no need to pop supplements (other than a b12 supplement for the vegans out there!). Supplements are just that – they should supplement your diet, they shouldn’t replace those things that you have completely missed out on. Eating whole foods, particularly many different types of vegetables and fruits, will mean you’ll get a huge range of micro and macro nutrients that will aid you in achieving your optimal health.
4) None Of These Things Are BAD
At some point in the past you will have no doubt seen that carbohydrates, fat or protein (or a combination of those macronutrients) are the worst things imaginable and they will DEFINITELY make you fat and unhealthy. Wrong. Dead Wrong!
Each of these macronutrients has an important role in allowing your body to function to its optimum level so you should not be cutting any of these things from your diet.
5) Stop With The Processed Crap!
Let’s be clear – I mean those foods that are as far from their natural form as you can imagine. Those that generally come in huge amounts of packaging and have a list of ingredients that no one can pronounce. As much as you can stick with the food that is in it’s natural form.
6) If It’s Not Sustainable, It Won’t Work
There’s a lot of information and options out there with regard diet but it all boils down to one question – can you see yourself eating like this in 5 years time? If you’re taking tablets (hello juice plus+!), meal replacement shakes or you’re just eating cabbage soup, the answer is going to be No. These things are not designed to aid you in the long-term just get your short-term results after which you’re very likely to put the weight that you’ve just lost back on, and then some.
If you’re looking to make a long-term commitment to your health then make lasting changes that you know you can follow for the rest of your life.
7) Hire a Coach
This doesn’t have to be expensive as there are so many different forms of coaching be it online or offline for instance. There will be days when you don’t want to follow your new lifestyle and that’s absolutely fine! One of the best reasons to hire a coach is because they will hold you accountable and keep you focused on your goal so on those days when you have a wobble you can rely on them for the support you need.
Good luck with your health & fitness goals in 2016!