Kill Me Now…
Do you strongly detest boring, bland diets, you know the ones that make you lethargic, and miserable?
I certainly do!
You may lose a bit of weight but life is not worth living! The harsher and more extreme measures we take the more and more we end up like Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining’ …
It’s easy to end up going bonkers (cuckoo cuckoo!)
If you can’t envisage staying on your diet in 6 months time from now, there’s a high chance you will fail.
Don’t worry I’ve been that guy! The guy who eats chicken and broccoli 5x a day and tells the whole world about it on My Instagram! but after years of misery i’ve finally learned my lesson… Sustainability wins every time. You have to work with your body not against it.
When we decide we want to lose weight we think we can do it as quickly as driving through a Mc Donalds drive through. A couple of weeks on the salads and training like a madman will do the trick! but it never works. It’s a bit like trying to climb Mount Everest in one day!
The problem is that most of us want results immediately, those years of lack of activity and consuming too many calories must go as soon as we click our fingers! Truth is there are no quick fixes, quick fixes will only come round to bite you on the ass! and cause more damage.
You cannot run away from the fact that in order to lose weight you have to create a chloric deficit…
‘A calorie deficit is a state in which you burn more calories than you consume. This can be achieved through dieting or exercise or a bit of both’ (1).
But what you can run away from (faster than Usain Bolt on Redbull!) is the bland, tasteless rabbit food diets! You also don’t need to spend hrs in the gym!
Here’s 4 simple tricks that will help and won’t leave you feeling miserable…
1) Getting All Heston Blumenthal!
Get creative in the kitchen! Unless your a robot? eating the same food day in day out will likely make you bored and in the long run…miserable. It’s important to enjoy your food when dieting. One thing i’ve done this year is to learn some new healthy, tasty recipes. Recently I picked up a copy of Lean in 15 – recipes which you can do in under 15 minutes, it’s brilliant for those of you who want to save time in the kitchen and vary your diet with some new recipes.
You can also check out some of my own recipes by clicking here.
2) Be a Tortoise
Who won between the Hare & the Tortoise?
Going slow is not a bad thing. Small consistent steps far outweigh any grand gesture. It’s much better to do things slowly over a longer period of time than to try and run before you can walk!
Making small tweaks to your health such as exercising for an extra session each week or buying in more fruit and veg can be a great start. If you can look to improve your training and diet by 10% each month your doing very well!
One of the small things I get LEP Members to do is make a 30s Superman Breakfast Drink…
Write down a list of 5 small things you can do to improve your lifestyle over the next 4 weeks and take action!
3) Short & Sweet
Training for hours in the gym is great if your an actor earning 25 gazillion bucks per movie! but for most of us it’s not feasible.
One of my favourite forms of training is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). HIIT sessions are shorter in length, ranging from 5 – 30 minutes and pack one hell of a punch when it comes to fat loss. If done properly your body can keep churning fat for 24hrs! Check out some of my FREE HIIT workouts below for ideas…
The beauty of the above workouts is that you don’t need to be a gym member, you can do them in the comfort of your own home.
4) Sledge Hammer your scales to pieces!
Ok I admit that’s a bit extreme! but weighing yourself everyday is a sure way to set yourself up for failure!
If your weight isn’t going down it can be tempting to throw in the towel. One thing I teach LEP members is that weight loss is not linear, it doesn’t do down in a straight line.
Think of ‘two steps forward and one step back’ and that’s a pretty good analogy to think of when it comes to weight loss. There will be days when weight comes to a grinding halt, days when it shifts down and days when it goes up. A weighing scale does not indicate muscle mass, bone density, and water, don’t let a poxy little number dictate your mood and future efforts.
Keep chipping away each day (not for 1 month but 6!) and good things will happen. You can also check out my post Why The Scales Lie? for more knowledge bombs on this topic.
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