Thinking today... Why do some people stick to a workout and diet plan longer than others? Rant time!
Here is the problem with the fitness and exercise world as I see it. It is pretty obvious we all want results and we want them NOW! Give me 6 weeks and I kick 20 pounds off. Which fine alright, I get it. Here is a calorie restricted meal plan, and brutal workouts that tax your bodies vital systems. POUND POUND GO GO DON'T STOP!!
Bam! You are down 20 pounds in 6 weeks. Holy shit I feel great and I'm going to keep going! Sound familiar?
Then this happens - You can't afford the gym fee anymore, your best friend passes away, kids go back to school, grandma has to move in with you, you name it.... Life happens and then you are right back where you started. Damn, I gained 25 back!
First off, understand that while I have different certifications and knowledge in this field even I am not perfect (hard believe I know!) In fact, I am far from it. I'm NORMAL! So when I talk about this subject it isn't me screaming from the top of some magical mountain because I kick ass and everyone else sucks. Nope! Some days, weeks, even months, I slip up too.
And another thing - those that are going to rip on me for saying, "But isn't it a good thing people are better their lives and losing 20 pounds?" Uh, yeah it is but not if you can't keep it off!
SO WHY DO SOME KEEP IT OFF WHILE OTHERS DON’T?
In my experiences, those that keep it off make it about habit changes. Those that yoyo make it about pounds, results, and numbers. I NEED TO LOSE 20 pounds… Heard that one, so what I am going to do is geared around that number. Again, don’t get me wrong having goals is a good thing. However, if those goals are rooted in your daily habits you’ll have more success PERIOD!
In short gaining and losing body fat changes the way your brain regulates your body weight. The body resists change, and losing 20 pounds could mean you lost muscle mass, water weight, etc… it can even mean the body had to adjust to your reduced calorie diet. Now think about what happens when you STOP eating like that. Your body has adjusted energy systems to meet that demand. Now you add calories back in and your body is like what the hell we just had this figured out. The body takes time to adjust.
SOOO when you only go off weight, numbers, inches, etc… You aren’t getting the whole picture. So how can you?
CHANGE HABITS NOT JUST DIET
To save you time and energy reading this I’ll give you the top habits MOST people need to change.
*Sleep – yeah I get a ton of resistance on this one…
*Meal Prepping – people with healthy body types and keep it off prep, or at least plan weekly.
*Nutritional Variety – eating the same thing over and over leads to nutrient deficiencies.
*Pick WHOLE NUTRIENT DENSE FOODS – forget the damn calories and calorie counts pick foods that are nutrient dense 85% of the time.
*Understand triggers – What sets you off? Stress? Friday night beer and pizza habit? Being tired? People who know these PLAN ahead!!
*Drink your water!
So why do most people fail to keep weight off? It is not as simple as a lack of focus but rather defining what your habits are. Struggle with those? Might be time to have a honest look at your own habits and what you can change.