HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT DIET!
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! TIME TO MAKE THOSE RESOLUTIONS, STOP SMOKING, CUT SUGAR AND DROP SOME OF THOSE CHRISTMAS POUNDS! NOW, PUT YOUR HAND UP IF YOU HAVE TRIED TO DIET BEFORE AND FAILED? BRILLIANT, NOT JUST ME THEN!
In this blog I’m going to help you breakdown what went wrong and how we can fix it! Exciting times then!
There are 3 general reasons why diets will fail or succeed, if one or more of these factors are missing then I’m afraid this will be the reason for failure.
Here is the dieting trinity then.
Here is a breakdown of each point.
The information part is both easy and probably a little confusing! Easy as it’s pretty basic stuff – eat ‘real food’ the majority of the time, enjoy the more treat style foods occasionally.
By real food we are talking about the single ingredient foods, foods found in nature, basically if you can pick it, pluck it or kill it you can pretty much eat it!
The confusion comes with things like magic vitamins, keytones, maple syrup diets and so on. The ‘magic beans’ style plans, promise results too good to be
true….because they are!
A good rule of thumb to use is if you can’t see yourself eating like this in 6 months then it is not the plan for you.
What if I told you that you don’t need to fit yourself around your diet but your diet needs to fit around you?
I will let you take that in for a minute.
Too many people will fail with all good intentions because they are trying to doing something that is far too removed from what they are used to.
Going too hard, too fast is a recipe for failure I’m afraid. Trying to cut carbs, sugar, booze, alcohol, cigs, biscuits and going to the gym 7 days a week, hitting 10,000 steps per day and eating 3kg of green veg per day all In the first 2 weeks of January is not going to work unless you already do 90% of the above.
It’s also not needed to get results and to get the ball rolling for you.
Equally as important and often overlooked.
Having someone to answer to, explain your choices and use as a sounding board can be invaluable!
Just knowing that you have to check in with someone will make you more mindful of your choices and almost more importantly why you are making them.
So, our top tips for making your perfect diet are:
1. Goals setting – know what you want but more importantly why.
2. Keep it simple and realistic – keep your diet as close to normal life as possible. Aim to improve rather than completely remove things. Drinking more water, eating more veg, more protein, moving a little more are all things you can add to your day to day life before looking at removing other things. You will also find this will have a positive effect on the habits you want to change indirectly.
3. Take your time – be realistic with your approach as above but be realistic with the time frame too. You simply can’t change 2, 5, 10 or 20 years of slow weight gain & developing bad habits in 4 weeks. Don’t get frustrated, keep at it. Consistency is key to long term results remember.
4. Be accountable – find a friend, a coach, whoever! Let them know what you want to do, and what your approach will be, check in with them and tell them your progress, what worked in your plan, what didn’t, review, access and repeat.
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