One of the worst things you can do if you want to improve your health and fitness or lose weight is type into google ‘how to lose weight’.
You will get millions upon millions of hits and it will likely lead you down a rabbit hole of contradictions and confusion.
For example, something as simple as a piece of fruit can have such a wide ranging set of opinions it will leave you baffled about where to even begin.
Some say eat as much as you want, some say don’t eat any, some say you can eat it but only at certain times.
I get it, I understand that it can be really frustrating.
So let’s see if I can take away a little confusion and point you in the right direction to get going.
First things first, please keep in mind that the headlines you see on the internet and social media are for the most part clickbait.
It’s not particularly sexy when you put focus on the application of simple things done consistently.
1 – Set Goals & Review Progress
Be clear of what you want.
What does success look and feel like for you?
Be as specific as possible.
Review regularly and make adjustments as required.
2 – Start With A Long-Term Attitude
If you needed to could you train 5 days a week for a month, not drink alcohol and live off chicken and broccoli?
If you are motivated enough the answer here is yes but at what cost?
I’d much rather see you commit to training 3 times a week for a year than 5 times a week for a month.
Be realistic, you know yourself better than I ever will.
Be honest with what you’re like and work with it rather than against it.
3 – Have Clear Commitments
If you allow yourself to tell yourself you’d ‘like’ to train 3 times per week I have bad news, you won’t do it.
You must tell yourself you WILL train 3 times per week, it is a commitment that you must hold yourself accountable to.
4 – Get An Understanding Of Your Calories
This means having a general idea of what calories you are burning, eating and drinking.
Using a nutrition tracking app to begin with can be really useful for this as it will not only give you the information you need but it will almost certainly educate you along the way.
Having an idea of how many calories you are burning will then dictate how many calories you should be eating for your particular goal.
5 – Hydration & Sleep Routines
Most people want secrets and quick fixes but don’t have a ruthless application of the most basic concepts.
Drinking 2 – 3 litres of water per day is a must for most people.
Sleeping 7 – 9 hours per night needs to be made a priority.
Find routines that will help you to begin with, set alarms on your phone to remind you to drink and when to go to bed.
Eventually you won’t need reminders, your body will almost run on auto-pilot.
If you can put these 5 points together, you will look, feel and perform like never before.
Thanks for reading, have a great day.
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