You’ve set a goal and you are hell bent on achieving it – way to go! If you’re like most people though, the goal in question tends to be pushed further and further back by the week.
Nutrition, while simple to some can be a very hard conquest to others and often a bit overwhelming. If your goals are nutrition related, pay attention to the following points to make sure you smash your goals.
Below are three reasons why people fail to achieve food related goals.
They didn’t realize just how consistent you have to be
This is easily the most common problem I see with nutrition goals. People think that “good enough” or “sometimes” will get you your goal. And unfortunately, it rarely does.
The reason is simply because your body doesn’t know any better. Your body doesn’t understand that you had to help your friend move an ate pizza for dinner instead of stir fry. It was only once that week right? Or that you were running late so grabbed a muffin (a small one!) from timmies. It’s not the end of the world right?
No it’s not. But it does push your goals back. As much as I hate to say it, your body really and truly only understand full consistency. Every day, every week every month. This doesn’t mean that you need to adhere to any restriction for life but there’s a reason that it’s a lifestyle change and not a diet. Stay consistent 95% of the time and keep your indulgences practical (a cupcake) versus over the top (five cupcakes) and you’ll stay on track.
The plan to achieve the goal in question is dumb
Yes, I am putting this on the list! If your game plan for permanent weight loss is to only eat grilled chicken, leafy veggies and rice, then you’re setting yourself up to fail. Honestly, who can live like that for more than five weeks? Even if it does produce the hoped upon weight loss it won’t be a long time thing. Eventually you are going to stop eating only those foods (and perhaps crave a damn proper meal) and it’ll catch up to you. Instead, focus on shifting your habits to make your progress maintainable.
People target the wrong things
Nutrition gets a bit confusing when people are told that all the small stuff adds up. And in a way, it does. But if you have a weight loss goal and your being super consistent eating enough veggies, the right proteins and making sure everything is balanced but still drinking three cans of coke a day there’s an issue.
Start your nutritional game plan but focusing on the biggest bang for your buck change. The obvious one. Then start working your way down.
So there you have it! A nutrition tidbits to keep you on track towards your goals. Remember, aiming for a goal is awesome but it’s even better when you actually achieve it. Don’t make the mistakes above and instead rock your journey every step of the way.