Top 5 Fitness and Nutrition Tips

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Do you feel like you “know what to do” when it comes to diet an exercise but you still struggle in some areas? I took the top fitness and nutrition tips I’ve ever heard/read and now I’m sharing them with you. My hope is that you find at least one or two pieces of advice that you’ve never heard before.  It’s always about learning something new!

 

 

Be honest with yourself. 

Write out what you’re going to eat the day before.  Even if you know you’re going to have a fast food breakfast, it’s better to be honest and have that reflection.  It works in reverse as well: Writing down that you plan to have a balanced, healthy dinner and then following through with it, gives you a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.  It’s also a small level of accountability you can have with yourself at the end of the day – looking over what you wrote down what you WANTED to eat versus what you ACTUALLY ate.  Do they match?  Why not? It’s necessary when you want to be successful with fat loss to take that first step of honesty, especially when no one is holding you accountable but yourself.

 

 

Mentality.

If you start to view your food as fuel, you are much less likely to hit the drive thru or eat out at the chain restaurants.  When you’re first thought of when you hear the word or think the word “food” is “FEAR” or “WEIGHT GAIN”, or “DEPRIVATION” then you have the wrong mentality.  You might have struggled with food addiction or possibly even an eating disorder in the past.

 

Those experiences leave scars and you might take a long time to develop a really good relationship with food. When you start thinking of food as “FUEL” and “NOURISHMENT” and “HEALTH” you will never be tempted to have crappy, greasy, and garbage food ever again (or at least not as often). It’s a relationship that might take years to get to a good place.  It takes time to learn how to cook good food too.  Learning to cook even something as basic as steaming vegetables and baking chicken gets you one step closer to feeling good and looking good. And once you start to feel good, you continue to nourish your body with good food and less of the junk that makes you feel awful and takes you back to square one.

 

 

The scale doesn’t tell the story. 

You’ve probably read it here on our site but it bears repeating over and over again: You are not a number. If you’re frustrated by the lack of movement in the direction the scale might be going, it’s time to take a look at the progress you ARE making. You should be taking circumference measurements.  Is there any change there?  Almost everyone who reaches a plateau (and it WILL happen) notices that although the scale didn’t budge, the measurements did.  That’s called…

 

 

Progress.

You went down a dress size yet the scale only moved 3 pounds?  I guess you gained something called muscle.  Also, if you find yourself weighing yourself everyday, consider weighing yourself once a week and then maybe once a month. You might even considering throwing it out completely if you have an unhealthy obsession with the number.

 

 

You cannot spot reduce. 

If we could choose where the fat on our body could disappear from, that would be like discovering the fountain of youth. Fat loss doesn’t work that way. We just can’t decide where and how our fat goes away from our body. And the reverse is true too, we can’t tell where the fat to show up when we gain weight too.

 

Some of us would love to have it go to all the “right places” but you have to accept that this isn’t realistic nor possible.  So enough with the “Can we just do exercises that get rid of the extra fat on my inner thighs?  And “Can we just do abs and crunches so I can get rid of this belly fat?”  Sure! Let me just get my magic wand…

 

 

Goals should be something you can control. 

While it’s good to say “I have a goal of losing 5lbs of fat in 2 months.”  How can you control that?  If we knew exactly how to lose fat, we’d all look exactly the same because no one would have a weight problem. 

 

You cannot control your metabolism to the degree that you tell it exactly how many pounds you want to lose. Your goals should be simpler, things you CAN control.  But they should still be a challenge.

 

Examples: I will drink a gallon of water today. I will not have wine with dinner this week. I will have protein with all my meals today. I will get up 15 minutes early to make breakfast tomorrow.

 

 

You cannot spot reduce. 

If we could choose where the fat on our body could disappear from, that would be like discovering the fountain of youth. Fat loss doesn’t work that way. We just can’t decide where and how our fat goes away from our body. And the reverse is true too, we can’t tell where the fat to show up when we gain weight too.

 

Some of us would love to have it go to all the “right places” but you have to accept that this isn’t realistic nor possible.  So enough with the “Can we just do exercises that get rid of the extra fat on my inner thighs?  And “Can we just do abs and crunches so I can get rid of this belly fat?”  Sure! Let me just get my magic wand…

 

These tips might sound really simple, and they are. But take one or two of them and start to implement them this week or even today and see what happens!

 

 

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