What Makes or Breaks Your Diet…

…is weekends.

Most people are awesome at dieting and sticking to their meal plans and macro counting Monday-Thursday.

They do everything right.  They pack their lunches.  They turn down cookies at work.  They weigh and measure their food.  They avoid fast food.  They don’t snack outside of their planned snacks.  They are on the path to success until….

Friday night. Saturday.  Sunday.Image result for cheat meals

Then these same people who wouldn’t touch a piece of chocolate on Tuesday are wolfing down chocolate pie and ice cream, guzzling beers at the local hang out, and eating a meal of 2000 calories after work.  Then, figuring they already broke their diet, they continue to do so all weekend until Monday comes around.  They get back on their diet only to break during the weekend again and wonder why their body composition hasn’t changed or they haven’t lost weight.

In order for your diet/meal/nutrition plan to work, adherence is the key.  It trumps everything else.  You have to stick to it.  Almost always.  95% of the time.  If you want results.

Can you have a cookie?  A piece of pie?  Ice cream?

Yes!

If it fits into your macros for the day.

Otherwise, a small cookie, a small piece of pie, a small bit of ice cream.

AND THAT’S IT!

Many diets out there allow you to cheat.  Regularly.

A lot of nutrition plans use the 80/20 rule: adhere 80% of the time, cheat 20% of the time.

This can potentially work.

The problem is most people abuse the 20%.  And the 20% turns into 25% or 30% or more.  Then they are in trouble.  But they tell themselves “Hey, it’s ok.  It’s a cheat meal.”

When cheat meals become excessive, you’ve lost.  You’ve negated all the work you did during the week and you’re at square one.  You look the same.  You feel the same (maybe even worse because you’ve cheated when you know you shouldn’t have).  And you’re so frustrated you throw in the towel altogether on eating healthy.

I propose a solution:  tell yourself you can’t cheat.  Make this your mentality.  Change how you look and feel once and for all and it’ll be a lot easier to turn down a beer.

Can you have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving?

Of course!

That’s the 5%.  And no more.

I challenge you to make the change today and let me know the results!

Best of luck!!

You Can’t Exercise Away a Crap Diet…

The number one factor in how your body looks is the food you eat.  Period.

From my own struggles with food, I’ve learned this is the truth.

Exercise is key as well, but it’s not as important as food.

If you’re not eating healthy, you’re negating all the exercise work you do.  You can run, bike, swim, lift all you want and you’ll never have the look you desire if you eat fast food every other day and have ice cream and chocolate for dessert every meal.Image result for diet and exercise

This has to do with the hormones and insulin your body secretes in response to the types of food you ingest.  You are either triggering fat-storage mode, sustaining mode, or losing weight mode.

THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO WEIGHT LOSS:

  1.  Adjust your diet FIRST. Nail it down.  Research.  Find the “diet” (really nutrition plan) that works for you and your lifestyle and put all your focus on implementing it.
  2. THEN add in exercise and come up with a sustainable exercise program that works for you and your lifestyle, interests, and hobbies.  “Going to the gym” is not the only form of exercise.  Find your passion:  climbing, biking, swimming, running, kayaking, hiking, walking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, skiing, boating, etc.  If it’s a passion, you’ll stay with it.
  3. Finally, COMMIT.  You have to commit to both for the short-term and for the long-term.  Hopefully, we all lead long lives.  We need to be healthy for all of it, not just for a month or two every few years.  Commit to diet.  Commit to exercise.

Nail it.  Combine the two (nutrition for life and life-long exercise) and you’ll be happier, have more energy, and lead the best possible life you can.  Commit to you.  By committing to you, you commit to your family, your job, your community, society, etc.  But it has to start with you!

It’s THAT important.  Do it now!