Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Religiously tracking calories over the winter holidays isn’t often practical or enjoyable.
However, I completely understand if you’re anxious about taking a break from it because you worry that you won’t be able to maintain your results, what with all the festive food available in the office or at the store, and the social meals you may have planned.
Nevertheless, while tracking can be a very helpful tool, it’s not the main contributing factor to your results, even if it can feel that way.
The real contributors to your success so far are the new nutrition- and movement-focused habits that you’ve been building while calorie- and macro-tracking.
If you maintain these habits, you will maintain your results, whether you’re tracking or not.
That’s why in this article I want to focus on these five tips to help you maintain your fitness and health-focused habits should you choose not to track for a couple of days over Christmas, New Year’s Day, or any other holiday you may be celebrating this month:
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
According to research, fitness goals are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.
However, most “New Year’s resolutioners” are unsuccessful.
When I was working as a personal trainer in a commercial gym, I witnessed the same cycle every year. Come January 1st, the gym would be flooded with new members. By March, most of them would disappear, never to return… until the following January.
So, if you’ve ever set fitness resolutions that didn’t stick, you’re not the only one.
Of the few studies conducted on this topic, most seem to show that the majority of participants abandon their resolutions after a few months.
For example, in 1985, a study by Norcross and colleagues reported that 77% out of 200 participants stuck to their resolutions for a week, but only 40% were still keeping up with them after six months.
If you’re thinking that a 60% failure rate after six months sounds pretty grim, that’s not all.
In reality, if you’re volunteering for a study measuring the success rate of New Year’s resolutions, you’re likely more motivated to achieve your goals than the average person.
Moreover, after the participants set their resolutions on an initial phone call with the New Year’s Resolution Project staff, they received seven follow-up phone interviews for the next two years.
If you know someone’s going to check on your progress every few months, you’ll probably take your resolutions far more seriously than if you were left to your own devices.
So, in real life, New Year’s resolutions likely fail even more often than in research.
However, since you’re reading this blog post, you are more motivated than the average person. By applying the four steps covered in the article, you’ll have better-than-average odds of succeeding, too.
You’ve come to the right website.
Let’s start your year with a bang.
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
Are you struggling to juggle a fat loss diet with a busy lifestyle?
I hear you.
The majority of my clients are hard-working people with demanding jobs, families to take care of, and ambitions to pursue other than their fitness goals. As a full-time coach, I also face the daily challenge of fitting my own training and nutrition around other commitments.
That’s why I strive to simplify fat loss, so that you can get great results and keep up with your lifestyle.
In this article, I’m going to share a four-step guide to maximising the efficiency of your fat loss diet.
Let’s dive in.
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A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Weight loss diets are all the rage, but most people don’t succeed.
I wanted to write this article to change this outcome for you by answering the following questions:
There’s no quick or magical way to lose weight. You just have to do it the natural way – diet and exercise and stick to it – and be able to do it at your own pace.
Are you spending hours on MyFitnessPal, painstakingly adding in each meal ingredient by ingredient, fighting the database to find the right entries in a sea of green ticks?
Is this driving you insane?
Then you absolutely need to read this article.
It’s based on a presentation I recently created for my clients’ Education Library, and it covers five easy hacks to complete your food log in five to ten minutes per day. Yes, it’s possible.
Ready to stop wasting time that could be better spent making gains?
Then smash that “Read More” button.
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