Updated: Jun 28, 2018
1. Research is your best friend– you need to be willing to put in the time to understand your body and how it works. It can be a little daunting sifting through so much information online, but being patient and reading through everything carefully will help you in the long run. If you aren’t a fan of lengthy articles describing the human anatomy in great detail, there are tons of YouTubers out there who explain everything succinctly.
2. Don’t fall apart– we’ve all come across this one and we all know it’s true. You ‘accidentally’ skip the gym or have a few more slices of cake than is necessary and all of a sudden, EVERYTHING is ruined and you may as well continue on that path for the rest of the day because the damage has already been done. Forgiving yourself and moving on is the best thing you could ever do for yourself in these situations.
3. Be strict – I know some people say there’s nothing wrong with being a little relaxed every once in a while and that you should be gentle on yourself, but if you want to see results, you need to cut out bad foods and make more time to go the gym, simple as that. If you keep telling yourself that nine long hours at work warrant a night in with a good amount of comfort food, you’re only fooling yourself. You need to be a little firmer with yourself if you really want to see change.
4. Recalculate (macros) and reconfigure (training programs) – lets say you started off at 70kg and decided you wanted to lost weight. You found workout programs to that effect, calculated calories suited to your goal and created an appropriate diet plan. Now you’re at 66kg and you aren’t losing weight as fast as you were before. Why? Well, what your body needed in the beginning will be different from what it needs half way down the line. You need to take the time to evaluate where you are and what your body needs to keep you moving towards your goal. Recalculating your #macros or calories and reconfiguring your training programs are great places to start (I like to use the #IIFYM calculator)
5. Love your body – as fluffy and idealistic as it sounds, this has helped a lot over the years. Most people start off with the intention of changing something about their bodies that they don’t like, myself included, but I found it so much easier to continue when I appreciated my body for what it was and what it was capable of. Even before I reached any of my goals, being able to lift heavier and run faster made me appreciate myself more and give the process the time it needed.
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