It's time for a new lifestyle, not another diet
Why “lose X amount of weight in [Y days]” diets don't work (in the long-term), and how to get started on making a lifestyle change for good
Just because it's a New Year, it doesn't have to mean a new diet.
So much New Year health and fitness marketing is around “try this diet and you'll lose X amount of weight in [insert short amount of days here]”. Many think “great, I'll give this a try” and they will lose a few pounds, but will you honestly keep that up for a long period of time?
- Will you never eat chocolate again?
- Will you never let a carbohydrate graze your plate again?
- Will you keep doing 7 workouts a week for the rest of your life?
Over the years, I have seen people slip into the habit of doing this again and again, ultimately failing to reach their goals, which I find really sad. I don't blame them. Who can keep up never eating their favourite foods and doing endless burpees?!
Why don't you try something different this time? Why don't you try something that is designed to get you long term results and is not just a quick fix? Something that won't make you give up your favorite foods, but will look at how you can incorporate them into your lifestyle.
I'll give you a little insight into something we do on M12, our online coaching programme which helps our clients become the healthiest version of themselves.
We focus on three simple aspects of health and fitness; we call them The Fundamentals. These are:
Have a think about where you would currently rate yourself out of 10 for each of these fundamentals. Write it down. Now have a think about what you would like the score of each of these fundamentals to be in just 30 Days time. Be realistic. Set yourself up for success. Remember we're on a long-term journey here, not a short term fix.
Now think about the one thing you're going to do to get from your current rating /10 to where you want to be in 30 Days. It doesn't have to be a big action, it can be something really small. Make it so easy you can't say no. I'll give an example for each that might spark some ideas:
Nutrition - I am going to drink a glass of water with each of my meals
Movement - I am going to do 5 minutes of planned movement everyday
Sleep - I am going to read a book before bed instead of using my phone
The principle of stacking small habits one on top of the other is what makes these new behaviours stick for good - the OPPOSITE to your traditional fad diet.
You will be amazed at the difference this simple approach can make to people's health and fitness on many levels
IF you're not sure how to get from your current score /10 to your score in 30 Days Book a FREE Strategy call with us and we'll help you