If there was an award for procrastinating to avoid getting fit I’d win it hands down, but if there was an award for starting again I’d probably win that too, which means I kind of know what I’m talking about when it comes to getting yourself back to healthy state. The four top tips that I share in this post might seem obvious, but they deliver the goods time and time again. And there’s no point reinventing the wheel, right?
Say “adios” to (most) junk food
For me a clear fridge is a clear mind (is that a thing?), so if I’m going back into health mode I make sure I have cupboards full of fresh produce, healthy meals prepped for work and no danger snackage in sight. Always do this before you attempt to sort out your diet, because if you’re anything like me, a kitchen full of junk is just setting yourself up for failure from the get go.
Set some realistic goals
Anywhere between six and eight weeks is a good amount of time to work with. It’s long enough to make a change but short enough to stick to. I no longer set silly targets of shedding a stone or two in a matter of weeks. I’ve done that before and unless you enjoy being miserable, it’s not worth the sacrifices. Be realistic, for the benefit of physical health and your mental health.
Make good food choices
So many times I eat out of sheer boredom, or because I think I’m hungry. Usually I’m not. I don’t enjoy tracking calories but do you know what, it’s the only thing that works for me and so many others. In the past I’ve slashed my calories way too much, but having learned from my mistakes I now knock a just few hundred off my maintenance calorie target instead. Oh, and I don’t cut anything out of my diet, I just make better choices.
Be as active as you can
This is where it all seems to go wrong for people. Please don’t feel pressured by what you see on the internet or read about in magazines! Start slow and do not over-complicate it. I mean what’s the point in doing something that a) you won’t enjoy and b) won’t really get you want you want? Pointless. Just move often and find your ‘thing’ in the gym, it’s that simple.
“Your diet is responsible for 80% of your success and the other 20% is down to exercise. But that 20% is crucial.”
I heard a PT say this once and it stuck with me ever since. I never realised how important your food choices are before that, but also how important that bit of exercise is too. Pair them both together and be consistent with it, and how can you possibly go wrong?