Your summer holiday is quickly approaching and after trying on last years bikini and feeling like this…
…you have vowed to get fit in time for summer.
A fad diet has caught your attention but instead of embarking on another quick fix as a bid to get bikini ready, let’s put an end to the vicious cycle of weight loss and weight gain. It’s time to get fit for life and not just for summer.
Fad diets are weight loss plans that promise to give you dramatic results, without educating you on nutrition and exercise.
One of the side effects of fad diets is a slower metabolism, which is why it is hard to keep the weight off when you go back to eating normally. Fad diets… ain’t nobody got time for that!
Choosing a long-term fitness solution over a quick fix doesn’t mean that you have to dedicate every spare hour of your life to the gym, or spend months consuming nothing but protein shakes, boiled chicken and lettuce. Being fit for life means that you will never have to ‘diet’ again. Sure, you may find yourself making a few tweaks to your existing diet in the run up to your holiday, but you will no longer be replacing meals with shakes or juices as a bid to get ‘bikini ready’.
Being healthy isn’t just about looking good in a bikini or being able to fit into size 8 jeans. It’s about having a positive relationship with food (both the good and the bad), a healthy body and a healthy mind.
You don’t need to take any drastic measures to start your fitness journey. Start with making incremental changes to your existing diet and exercise routine and this will help to ease you into the process, without making you feel restricted or over trained.
Keep a food diary and document everything that you eat to help you to identify what you need to eat more or less of. Substituting sugary snacks for fruit and walking more are little changes that can be made to bring big results.
As well as joining the gym, take up a sport or participate in group exercise to keep your workouts varied and prevent you from hitting a weight loss plateau. Group activities will allow you to share your fitness journey with other people and this will help you to remain motivated.
Remember, it’s ok if you fall off the wagon somewhere along the way (usually between the 18th December and 5th January). Balance is a key part of living a healthy lifestyle, and maintaining a healthy relationship with food is more important than having a six-pack.
Being fit for life will help you to fall in love with exercise and healthy eating. If you start your fitness journey today, imagine where you will be a year from now. One thing for certain is that you won’t be feeling the need to embark on a fad diet again!