When people get going on their fitness regime, however they choose to sculpt it, many come into it with the impression that they have to make drastic changes IMMEDIATELY, and if they don’t work out initially they’ve failed.
And this is often why people fail to make their fitness goals.
I promise you, I guarantee you: if you stick to a basic plan of keeping a food diary, staying active, and finding small ways to make changes into your life, you WILL see an improvement over time.
Take weight loss, for instance, since it’s such a popular fitness topic: it takes 3500 calories to burn one pound of fat. That means to lose one pound per week, you want a 500 calorie deficit daily. Well, how do you achieve this in a sane and sensible fashion? Increasing your caloric burn by 250 calories daily and eliminating 250 calories from your diet can start the wheels turning! Change your salad dressing. Use a different brand of hummus. Use a different type of BREAD. Remove half a serving of peanut butter! Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator! Park further away from your office and walk! Take walks during your lunch break! All of these things add up.
Naturally if you’re looking to GAIN weight, the same goes in reverse: you need the intake of calories to be GREATER than your burn rate. If you have a super fast metabolism and/or are very physically active, this can get challenging. I remember upping your calories the healthy fat by making smoothies–it’s a lot easier trying to get more food in by turning them into liquid! Don’t fall into the temptation by chugging down a ton of unhealthy food, you’ll pay for it later!
And for maintaining your weight…well, you get the picture. 😉
Small victories are not only easier to accomplish, but the more you have of them, the better it makes you feel! And the more likely you are to succeed.
So go for it! Don’t just think big…think small..and let it add up, like pennies in a cookie jar. 🙂