As we touched on in our last post: We as humans have a tendency to go all in when it comes to our health- especially around the start of the new year.
Once we get past the holidays...it's on: hitting the gym 5x per week, and as we'll discuss here: hitting that clean eating/cleanse/insert-fad-diet-here.
And as mentioned in our post about exercise: going all in is a bad idea.
Going all in on diet tends to manifest itself as eliminating certain foods or food groups entirely- whether it's gluten, sugar, dairy or whatever other demons are out there.
I feel that ultimately, this is setting yourself up for failure. Why? Glad you asked:
For starters, no one food or food group has the power to make your more or less healthy.
For example, what would you think of a gluten free diet that consisted of 100% ice cream? There's no gluten in it, so it's healthy, right?
Or a sugar free diet that consisted entirely of cheese and whiskey? While this is a dream come true for me, I can't tell you that this would be in your best interest.
The point I'm trying to make is that getting caught up in minutiae is really not as important as the overall context of a diet. This leads to point number two:
Changing our entire diet all at once is a daunting task. To completely overhaul the way we shop, cook, and eat all at the flip of a switch takes an incredible amount of will power and mental energy. And let's not forget we need some of that mental energy for our jobs, for our loved ones, for hobbies...you get the point.
We feel it's best to make one change at a time. What habit can we change that will have the greatest impact on your health and weight loss efforts? Let's tackle that first. Once that becomes a habit (no longer requiring will power or mental energy), we direct our efforts to the next most impactful change, and work our way down the list, from most to least impactful.
In fact this is exactly how we approach the nutrition side of our 6 Week Kickstart. We start by getting a look at what your current habits are, decide which change can have the most impact- and then direct all of our energy into making that change.
When it comes to improving our health, to losing weight, to getting stronger, or getting the body of our dreams, well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there are no shortcuts. Consistency is King.
The good news is, however, that making gradual changes to our habits and lifetstyles not only equates to better long term success- but success shows up quicker than we'd expect because our efforts are focused