A lot of clients ask me 2 things – “How do I lose weight?” and “how do I maintain it after I lose it?”
After training myself for almost 10 years, and consulting various clients for more than 3 years I found that there are a few things that I have found that were extremely common in order to be fit AND healthy.
These things are what I teach my clients because it worked for me, and it has since worked for them.
Here are 7 tips in no particular order.
1) Keep nutrition simple
Nutrition needs to be as easy to understand as possible: My best way of telling people about how to think about nutrition, is to think about our ancestors.
If the earth helps grow it, it is good. If it comes in a package, be extremely cautious.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are the way to go, followed by lean (organic) quality meats, add some nuts and seeds to the mix, and finally water.
2) Keep up the fluids
In our household, we do not have ANY soft drinks. If they can use Coke to clean rust off bumper bars, think about what happens inside our body if we drink it! Water is our only source of fluid intake (and perhaps cheat drinks like tea/coffee).
3) Healthy ice-cream instead of store bought
If you need ice-cream, why don’t you make ice-cream smoothies for the hot days? Similar to how you would make a smoothie, but you can buy containers that you can sit the smoothie in, and make it into something similar to an icy-pole. It has no-additives, is very natural and the kids love it!
It is NOT about supplements: Unless you are planning to compete or stepping up your training to the next level, I believe that supplements are not needed. You need to know what to eat on a daily basis. You need to know how to hit those micro and macro nutrients so that it benefits you and your journey.
5) Commit to exercise
Exercise – are you doing at least 10,000 steps a day? If not, then it is time to plan your day out better. Any type of activity, can relate to incidental exercise – lawn-mowing, gardening, running after kids, running after your partner, cleaning the house etc. Just keep the body moving.
6) Get support
If you need something with a bit more “oomph” – this is where a personal trainer comes into play. We push you hard. We set your goals. We monitor your every move so that we know you are hitting those results each week. If you can’t afford a PT session – do group sessions. They are cheaper, but you also get the added bonus of being motivated by fellow clients.
7) Prepare your mindset
This is probably the most important thing. Why are you doing what you are doing? Are you trying to get a beach body or are you doing this so that you do not fall into the same trap that your parent(s), brother, sister, uncle, friend etc endured?
Things like cancer and depression are on the rise – it is not just about beach body for me or my clients, but it is about being at an optimal state at all times of the day. This means, reframing the mind for eating right, exercising, finding happiness, experiencing peace, being grateful etc. The mind is where it all begins – and if you are not in the right mindset, you will find yo-yo type dieting. Work on the mindset to keep on your “road to glory”.
Just doing the above will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle NOT just lose weight. But you need to know why you are doing this – and you need to know what your outcome needs to be.
Follow these simple rules and you WILL see positive changes from all fronts.
Do you have any tips to add to the list? Please SHARE in the comments below.
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