In a recent client giveaway – we asked our customers to let us know what they struggle with in terms of staying fit (eating out, Girl Scout cookies, getting to the gym etc). Overwhelmingly the answers had something to do with friends, family, or coworkers putting terrible food in their habitat. Yikes! So how do we balance socializing and staying fit – is it even possible? Yes
We’ve placed all of our energy into one goal and even though we’ve hit it, we still feel as if our life is off balanced because we’ve neglected our other priorities in the process. While it’s easy to thrive off the energy and excitement we have
Why do our diets fail?
As frustrating as it may be, I’m sure we’ve all experienced this at one point or another. Whether you’re relatively new to the nutrition and gym scene or if you’ve been at
Well, the good news is, it can be changed. You are not “doomed” to a life of complacency and failures. And you can achieve your goals long term. But, before you go on a new diet or take on a new intense exercise routine, it’s important to evaluate a few things so you can maximize your long run potential.
First and foremost, why is your diet failing? Often times when we start our diet we have the end in mind, right? Well, as simple as it may seem, that is the big problem. Your diet is any
In order to ensure your efforts are not wasted, you must realize that this is a new lifestyle you are adapting to and while the successes can feel as if they’ve been won when you achieve your dream body, your focus should be on attaining that lifestyle and creating an overall balance.
How do I find my healthy balance?
Finding a balance is much easier said than done. Sure, you know it’s probably not realistic for you to eat perfectly forever, avoid every social encounter that may result in an excess of calories and never have a bad day in the gym.
At what point do you find the healthy medium between being a perfectionist and being a complete slacker?
When is okay to have time where you let go a little bit and at what point does that “time off” start to become your lifestyle? The most important rule to follow is that consistency is key. While it is important to mentally take a break every now and then, your overall success is based on your consistency. With that being said, here are a few tips to follow to help you find and keep your balance.
Prioritize calories and macronutrients
Our partners over at the RP diet have simplified diet priorities into a few groups which will help you focus on the important things and not sweat the small stuff. Calories in vs. calories out – seems simple enough. Wait until you start tracking your calorie intake.
Woops…the weight gain suddenly makes a lot more sense. Once you realize this one factor is more important than macros, meal timing, food composition, supplements, exercising etc, you can start making enormous strides towards your goals with seemingly less effort than you expected.
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Prioritize healthy eating
Since your diet provides the direct energy you need to function on a day-to-day basis, it will impact every aspect of your life. Realize this. It should be one of the highest, if not the highest, priority on your list. Keep in mind, in order to maximize your own potential in life, you must not neglect your other priorities to cater solely to this one. You should analyze which of your current responsibilities are negotiable (cooking, cheat meals, when you do things, etc.) and non-negotiable (family, significant other, health, etc.).
You shouldn’t have to choose between one thing or another.
Set realistic goals like filling up on protein and veggies first. Then only allow yourself one indulgence – yes, one. This way you’ll be full from the healthier options but
Have a plan
First and foremost, keep a schedule and constantly be updating it. Pick a day where
If you are going to be having a week heavy in non-negotiable activities, plan accordingly. Know that if you want your diet to succeed, it has to be planned out. Your diet has to become a regular part of your week. Ironically, one of the main arguments against why people don’t plan for the week is because “they don’t have the time”.
Planning for the week should not take any more than 20-30 minutes, or in your case, the time it takes for the brown rice to cook during
Don't take yourself too seriously
Overall one main message should be taken above the rest, do what makes you happy. In order to make sure your entire life is at its best place, keep your priorities straight but do not be afraid to relax every now and then.
You will be just as unhappy over thinking every aspect of your life as you will if you slack on your priorities. Do not take it all so serious. Remember common setbacks do not equate to complete failure. If you want to live your healthiest, happiest life, enjoy what you are doing!