Let’s face it, you, like everyone else, wanted to use quarantine to nail down some new habits. Maybe take up a hobby, get your nutrition in check, and start working out? I mean, you’ll have plenty of time and no excuses not to. This time is different, the world is your oyster and you are changing for good! Or so you thought. Because 4 months later you are right where you started…why? You think to yourself, “Am I lazy? Uncommitted? Do I just not want it enough?”
It’s actually none of those things. You are not lazy, your metabolism is not broken, and you CAN do this. I am going to show you the three most common pitfalls of starting a nutrition program and how to fix them so you can get long term results that last, ya dig?
- You are uninformed.
This isn’t an insult. It’s hard to be informed these days, we live at a time where information is more readily available than any point in history, it should be easy to get information on nutrition, right? Well, yes and no. It’s easy to get information, but more than likely, you are getting opinions. Think of the last time you had a family get together. Someone inevitably brings up the latest diet they are on, how it is so amazing, and how it is the exact opposite of everything you have been told in the past. Are they right or wrong? How would you know? There are tons of OPINIONS out there, but working with a qualified coach will help you narrow this down, learn how to recognize what is true and what isn’t, and increase your knowledge of healthy eating.
2. You aren’t integrating it into your lifestyle.
Too often we see clients who come to us after starting an extremely restrictive regimen. Weighing every food item, only eating specific foods at specific times, relying too heavily on shakes, or not eating any carbohydrates. It’s a lot to manage for someone just starting out! A great question to ask yourself is, “Can I do this for the rest of my life?” If the answer is no, then we need to make a change. We help build plans that adapt over time and accommodate your dynamic lifestyle. A decent plan executed 85% of the time is better than a perfect plan executed 50% of the time.
3. You aren’t setting good goals.
“I want to lose 30 pounds.” We hear this often, and it’s not an inherently bad goal. But why 30? Why not 32? Why not 5? If the scale said the same number in a year, but you were down 10 pant sizes, would you be happy (we’ve actually had this happen with a client!)? Finding out WHY you want to achieve a goal will help dictate the goal. Maybe you liked how much energy you had before? Or you enjoyed the confidence? All the cool things your body was capable of? The scale is just a tool, the scale is not the goal. If you are unsure on how to specify a goal, again, this is where a coach comes into play. A good coach should be an expert in helping you find a deeper meaning behind the superficial goal, and then break this into something that is objective, rather than subjective.
There are a multitude of factors at hand when it comes to why your diet/nutrition fails. This list is by no means exhaustive, but I hope it helps you start to think about the reasoning behind why you have not had success in the past. If you would like to learn more, or to work with me 1:1, click this link: Get Started!