There are a lot of reasons and excuses to not continue to eat healthily. Hell, I say them to myself every day. It would be so much easier to buy my food out and not have to constantly plan my days ahead. I have to go into robot mode when I cook my food. I wake up nice and early, brew a coffee whilst I throw my food in the oven.
I'm often asked if I eat my food cold - Yes I do. Not because I love cold turkey mince and stirfry with cold rice, but because otherwise I am just going to end up eating a McDonald's which won't make me feel my best throughout the day.
It won't help me reach my goals, and it won't help me stay lean for body weight exercises. I hear a lot from clients and friends saying they just want to lose "this bit" whilst pointing at their underarms/stomach/legs/muffin tops. When I tell them how to do it, they screw up their faces and say "Oh, that sounds like hard work".
Sometimes, you just have to suck it up. It doesn't have to be boring or plain, but it does have to be consistent, and followed even on the days when you just want cake/chocolate/crisps. Keep track of what you are eating and stay on it. When you ask me if it matters that you slipped three times in the week, my response will be the same screwed up look you gave me at the beginning of your nutrition journey, followed by "yes".
Here are a good five tips to help in staying consistent when trying to lose those pounds:
On top of that, have a physical performance goal. Something like running 5km in a certain time, being able to do 10 box jumps unbroken, or set yourself a body weight strength exercise (such as being able to squat your body weight). It will give you another purpose for your nutrition goal rather than a constant focus on how you look or what you weigh. Keep it varied, be consistent and enjoy your food.
If you enjoy your journey, you'll love the results!
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