Many people think that getting fit and following a diet means starting a war with their body. They imagine that their eating plan will say they should have lettuce for lunch, while their body tells them it needs a pie and a caramel latte. And then the war is on between your body and your good intentions, and will kick off again at dinner, and then again around snack time before bed.
Part of my job when preparing a diet plan for clients is conducting ‘peace talks.’ Your body isn’t craving the packet of chips. What it really wanted was a healthy serve of carbohydrates. Likewise, it doesn’t want the Tim Tams in the office kitchen, it just needed a lunchtime glucose boost. The message here is that a healthy eating plan which includes set eating times, will give your body the nutrients it needs before it turns them into cravings.
The key to the plan is the timing of meals. We want to predict what your body will need throughout the day and make sure it receives it BEFORE it gets hungry and dec...
Losing motivation, how to make sure the setback doesn’t turn into a spiral.
Part of maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle or meeting our training goals, is being realistic about drops in motivation. There will be weekends, or weeks, or months (or years!), where we fall off the wagon and eat junk food in bed while our gym pass gets dusty in whichever drawer we left it in.
There are many reasons for this, sometimes something as simple as a training injury can unravel our commitment and send our boat back into the harbour, other times we can be derailed by personal issues. There are a million and one things that could affect your motivation – by the certainty is that it will happen. And you need to prepare for it.
One thing that that will stop you hitting rock bottom is having pride in your achievements outside the gym. The promotion you got, the BBQ you built in the back yard, all the things you have managed to achieved in your life outside your training and exercise routine are the thing...