|By Mairead Rodgers, RD, PHEc, CF L1 Trainer|
One of the main reasons people either come to Degree or start nutrition coaching with me is because they want to see results of some description. Usually, the results they want are either weight loss or muscle gain, or both. These are things we can absolutely help with, and results our clients and members regularly see.
But there’s one thing in common with the clients who see the results AND are able to keep the results for the long term. That thing is CONSISTENCY.
The best thing you can do for your nutrition and fitness goals is to find something that works for you and that you like, and then stick with it. If we’re always chasing after the next shiny object, we’ll never stick with a nutrition and fitness program long enough to see the results we want. Results take time and patience and again, consistency.
Example #1: You’re so excited to start CrossFit after finishing On Ramp! The first week, you get in the gym 5 days straight – good for you! The next week things are a bit busy and you only get there 3 times – still awesome. You get discouraged that you didn’t make it as many times as planned but you only find yourself in the gym once the next two or three weeks. You notice the scale hasn’t moved and you’re not getting any stronger so you throw in the towel and cancel your membership. A month later you repeat the process at another gym or with another type of exercise.
In this case, we’re definitely lacking some consistency. To fix this, aiming for 2 or 3 times a week might be a more reasonable goal to start with, especially if it’s something you think you can stick to. Whether it’s CrossFit or another type of fitness, you’ve got to do it consistently to get and keep the results you want. When you’re starting CrossFit out of On Ramp, this is a conversation our coaches would have with you to make sure you’re setting attainable goals!
Example #2: It’s day 1 of your new diet! You do amazing today, making all the choices that align with your specific diet and tracking your food meticulously. You’re able to keep this up for 5 days before life gets in the way and you blow your diet for the next 3 days. You decide to start a different diet next week and the same process happens. You get frustrated that you can’t seem to stick with a diet to see the results you want.
In this example, what we need are nutrition goals that you can meet consistently. Going on and off diets is hard of you, both mentally and physically. Your nutrition plan should fit with your life and allow for days that aren’t perfect.
In both cases here, what’s lacking and preventing progress and results is just not being able to be consistent. When we’re starting out with nutrition and fitness, it’s best to start with goals we know we can reach CONSISTENTLY and build from there, instead of going all in with something and failing, and then repeating the process with something else a few weeks later. Sure, there are going to be times when you can’t get to the gym or that healthy eating just isn’t going to happen. But the more consistent you are with your habits when you can be, the easier it will be to get back on track at those times and the less impact you’ll see on your progress.
|If you don’t know how to be more consistent to see the results you want, or you’re looking to get started with something more, let us help! Click here to book your FREE 15-Minute Bite-Sized Nutrition Chat to talk about your goals and how we can help you get there with nutrition. Or if you’d rather start with fitness, click here to book for FREE No Sweat Intro to get started!|