Thanks for checking out my first blog post of 2014. Of course, it's regarding New Year's Resolutions. I know these are hard to stick to, but I'm going to provide you with three key ways to keep yourselves honest and on-track for the long-term.
1) Allow Yourself a Minimum of a Cheat Meal Every Week
If you've read any of my previous blog posts, you know what my main views on proper diet and nutrition are already. However, even I have issue sticking to an entirely healthy way to eat all the time. While there are plenty of great recipes and restaurants out there that will help you continue to 'eat clean' during the course of the week, everybody craves a pizza or a cheeseburger once in a while. So, how do you stick to your diet if you get these cravings?
If you're just starting your diet, pick a day every week where you can allow yourself to eat whatever you want. Over time, reduce the day to two out of your three key meals, then one. Some people even only indulge once or twice a month! The more you eat healthy, the less prone you'll be to these cravings over time. AND, when you do indulge while eating clean six days per week (at minimum), you'll gradually feel more and more like crap after every indulgence day, leaving you less and less likely to indulge the following week.
Plus, studies show that making your digestive system occasionally work after becoming more and more efficient through healthy eating habits may make it the best it can be at a faster rate!
2) Set 'Baby-Step' Goals
Everybody wants to turn their gut into a six pack in a short period of time. Popular in-home programs like P90X and Insanity guarantee one in 90 days or less. However, most people don't have the genetic makeup to do this, no matter how strict they are with their diets and how hard they push themselves during their workouts every day. So, how do you avoid a letdown and your dropping yet another New Year's Resolution before Q2 2014?
THINK BABY STEPS.
So, you don't have a six-pack come March. But, you've averaged losing 2-3 pounds a week since you started your new diet and exercise regimen. That's awesome! Set attainable goals in a realistic timeframe, and you'll get to where you want to be before you know it.
3) Find Someone to Hold You Accountable
It's a fact: if you have nobody to check in with regarding your resolution, it's incredibly unlikely that you'll stick to it. Over time, people lose interest in individual routines, and are more prone to overindulging and giving up when they get stuck.
By checking in with a significant other, friend, family member and/or personal trainer on a daily or weekly basis, you're more likely to stick to your new regimen. You can't deny that having a teacher who regularly called on you in class or a regular meeting with a superior at work gave you the necessary incentive to complete a task that may have fallen by the wayside. Keep yourself accountable to at least one other person, and the likelihood that you stick to your fitness goals increase exponentially.
Tune in regularly to find out how to take back your life through fitness. 'Til next time,
Coach Pete STRUGGLED with his weight for most of his life, and knows how difficult it is to discern fact from fiction when it comes to healthy, sustainable lifestyle habits.
Through his quest of losing 100 lbs. FOR GOOD, he’s figured these elusive principles out, and wants to save you both the time and the money on figuring it out for yourself.
At Weight Loss by Pete, we’ll not only help you get to your short-term health and weight loss goals, but we’ll TEACH you how to keep that weight off, PERMANENTLY!