What is your "diet"? Many people would first think that a diet automatically means that you are trying to lose weight, however that isn't always the case. Your diet is whatever foods you are eating throughout the day. The hardest part isn't getting to the gym, it's controlling what you are eating the rest of the day.
Working with a lot of clients on nutrition, there are a lot of common issues that I see. I want to be able to educate people on the importance of knowing your nutrition that you can take this information and use it in your daily life.
When establishing your goal, you need to be aware of how many calories you are eating. The first thing I ask my clients is to food journal for at least 5 days. Not only does this give you a good interpretation of what you are eating, but now we can look at food quality. Learning that each food has a different macro can benefit you in choosing foods to meet your goals. Whatever your goal, you should be using your nutrition and training together as a team for the best results.
Next is the scale. I would like you to use the scale for assessments and not for judgement of your success. If you feel better, and look better, the scale can display whatever it wants. I have seen many people, men and women, who have added ten plus pounds and look extraordinarily healthier than they did prior to training. This is a result of clean eating and consistent training.
Buying healthy food isn't as expensive as you might think it is. Far too often I hear clients saying that it's too expensive to eat healthy, yet the reality is that it's not convenient. The best way to buy healthy food is in bulk. When you are buying foods that can be frozen like meats. frozen veggies, etc you can buy more for cheaper. However, you can also go to the farmer's market at buy fresh local foods that you can eat weekly in your diet.
Along with buying healthy foods is meal prepping. If convenience is key for your success, make sure you are cooking your meals ahead of time. It's a lot easier for you to be compliant to your nutritional program. Cook everything up at once and use Tupperware containers to store your meals.
Last but not least is practicing patience. If you have a body weight you want to work up to or diet down to, calculate how many calories a day you need to get to that weight, and gradually work towards that goal. Slowly add in or decrease extra calories day by day until you have reached you target.If you present your body with a drastic change in caloric intake, you may notice yourself being tired, cranky, and just plain and simple, in a bad mood. Rushing your diet may also throw your metabolism out of whack, which could lead to unwanted weight gain. Slow and steady wins the race!
Once you start a diet, give it time before you start judging its effectiveness. Committing to a healthier lifestyle does not a mean you will see a change overnight. Give yourself a few weeks before you step on the scale, or look in the mirror to closely analyze your progress. Stay consistent, and I promise, you will see your hard work pay off.