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Stop Trying So Hard

It’s an easy trap to fall in to.  Starting to go to the gym, making some improvements and/or cutting calories.  This is all good, but the desire to see results gets the better of you.  You’re weighing yourself every day or two, you’re looking for changes in the mirror– but nothing is different.  At this point, if you don’t give up,you start to double your efforts – more exercise, less food.  You start omitting everything you think is bad – no more chocolate,fizzy drinks, pizza, crisps etc.  The big issue with this is you are setting yourself up to fail.  Scales fluctuate massively due to hydration levels, bloating, menstrual cycle if female, water retention, bowel movements etc, when you see yourself everyday you won’t see any changes.  This can lead to a binge and then guilt so you redouble your efforts – still no change, so you repeat the cycle.

The“trick” to sustainable fat loss or toning is consistency, it’snot about all or nothing.  You need to be in a caloric deficit, but this does not mean eating like a bodybuilder dieting for a show, this does not mean cutting out all the things you like all the time.  It means being pretty good.  If you can get about 80% of your choices in a good place and deal with bad habits like binging on certain things(for me it’s penguin biscuits) then nothing should be off the menu– provided it doesn’t start a cascade.  As one of my close friends likes to say “we’re here for a good time, not a longtime” don’t spend it denying yourself everything you like!