Consistency is Key!
Diets can be hard. With so many different diets out there it may be overwhelming on where to begin. No matter what your goal may be, fat loss, muscle gain, prevent disease, or to live longer the key factor in order to achieve your goal is that you must BE CONSISTENT! Just because you ate a salad today does not mean you are free to eat all the junk food you desire the rest of the week. I know…it’s a sad truth and we all wish it was the other way around. Maybe science can work on that for us. Till then, you have eat your veggies on a regular basis to get the benefits from them. This can be the most difficult part of following a diet but it does not have to be. Use these tips to help you stay consistent and crush those goals:
1. Keep it SIMPLE! Eating healthy doesn’t need to be crazy complicated. Don’t assume the only way to eat healthy is by measuring and weighing all your food, meal prepping or by cutting out a whole food group. Keeping it simple especially when in a rush or dining out can save your stress and calories. A simple meal of grilled chicken, brown rice and lots of salad is always a win. Or try by simply eating a salad of greens with 2 tablespoons of an oil based dressing before lunch and dinner to help fill you up so you are less likely to overeat the calorie dense foods. Small simple changes over time make a big difference!
2. PLAN ahead of time. Plan your meals and even better if you are able to cook them ahead of the time so you don’t have to worry about what to eat when the hunger kicks in. This takes a little bit of time at the beginning of the week (or every few days) but well worth it. Planning and preparing your meals will save time (and calories) in the long run.
3. Keep a food LOG. I love My Fitness Pal for this. Logging your food subconsciously will motivate you to make better food choices by making you more aware of what you are consuming. Log all of your food at the beginning of the day before you eat it to save you time later and so you can make changes if you need to before you eat the food and can’t do anything about it. Take this another step by finding an accountability friend (pro tip: ask your training partners!) to look at each-others food log and motivate one another to stay on track!
4. ASK for help. Don’t be afraid to seek expert nutrition advice and coaching. Nutrition can be very complicated but luckily there are professionals who are trained to help make eating
healthy easy and help you reach your goals (like myself ). Eating healthy shouldn’t be a burden on your life but it should enhance your life.
Results happen over time, not overnight. Work hard, stay consistent and be patient.