Starting a new nutrition plan can leave you with many mixed emotions. Whether you’re excited, nervous, scared, or feel lost, you probably have every intention to make it work! Then why does it seem many people struggle with “dieting” or tend to “fall off”? It usually comes down to not having a solid plan, a good support system, or patience! Here are some strategies I have had tons of success with:
- Preparation is key
If you want to be successful you will need a game plan. Take time to look at the week ahead to see what you have planned. Make sure you know what you are preparing for your meals, set a time to prep food & portion it out. If it helps print out or write out your meals and put it on the fridge. Take it one step further and write down your weekly goal, this way you’re reminded!
- “I don’t have time” Do you find yourself saying this?!
Ask yourself “what is taking up my time?” Is it work, kids, friends, cleaning, napping, or maybe not much at all?! Evaluate where you are spending your time. Is there somewhere you can make a small adjustment to free up some time? Is there anything you find yourself partaking in which is pulling you away from your goals?
If you truly want results & want change, you’ll make it a priority to find time!
- Track your food & keep a journal!
Are you hitting your daily macros? MyFitnessPal is a great app to help. Make notes how you’re feeling, energy levels, positive things you achieve, areas you could improve. If you are not keeping track of what you’re consuming how will you know if you are actually getting the recommended carbs, proteins and fats? Make sure you are weighing and measuring your food, it may be daunting at first, don’t get discouraged. You will become more aware of serving sizes over time.
Not only will keeping track help you, it will help your coach as well!! How can you expect your coach to help adjust macros if you are not following their recommendations?
When you aren’t following your plan 100%, or at least 90% (we are all human ;), how will your coach really know how to help you? You are cheating yourself out of your true potential. By following set plan your coach can make certain adjustments to keep you on track for your goals.
- Starting a new plan is like learning a new skill.
It may be tough and frustrating at first. Stick with it, keep practicing, it will get easier!! Remember the first time learning to snatch or clean…it’s kind of like that. It’s going to be a game of trial and error in the beginning. Then you’ll have an “ah-ha” moment and it will click. You will find the right macro makeup that works for you! BE PATIENT and don’t give up! It can take 4 weeks up to even 12 weeks to find the area in which you will thrive.
- Don’t cheat yourself
- Stay Strong
- Be Positive
- Surround yourself with people who support and motivate you
- Be honest with your coach whether you followed your plan or not, it’s hard for them to help if you aren’t being honest and giving feedback
- Don’t be afraid to ask your coach for advice or tips if you find something you are struggling with.
- If you fall off track, don’t dwell on why, instead take action on ways to prevent it from becoming a habit