For some reason people think being healthy and fit is complicated and impossible. The good news is that losing weight, gaining muscle, and getting into good shape are all relatively simple. The bad news is that it is not necessarily “easy” and as much as those expensive detoxes would have you believe, it is not instant either.
I think that is why people think it is so hard, they eat one salad, or go to a gym once and wonder why they don’t have a six pack yet.
Yes, those are both good and healthy habits that will put you on the right path, but the path is not a magical time machine. It will take following those good habits consistently for an extended period of time in order to see results.
I know you were hoping I would give you some simple way to wake up tomorrow with your dream body, however, the healthiest way to lose weight, and keep it off is to lose it slowly.
Now, I know that is not what most people want to hear, but I am not here to sell some detox or magic 30 day program that promises fast results; I am here to educate and help as many people as I can.
The real trick to reaching fitness goals is to make small, maintainable changes, and continuously aim to make better choices.
If you do not exercise at all, start by adding in a 30 minute walk 5 days a week.
If you have take out 4 nights a week, start by making your own meals as often as possible, and if forced to eat out, make the healthiest choices possible (have a side salad to get your veggies in, grilled instead of breaded, etc… more on healthier take out options in a future post?)
If the only beverages you consume now contain caffeine, sugar or alcohol, start by adding in a bottle of water at every meal.
These changes may seem very small, but they are just small enough to be maintainable and to start seeing small results over time.
The goal is not to change your whole life at once, it is to learn to make healthier choices which will lead to a new healthier lifestyle.
This is good news!
This means you do not have to be perfect all the time.
This means you do not have to eat only healthy foods all the time.
This means you do not have to get in your workouts all the time.
This means you do not have to deprive yourself and go to the gym every single day to get results.
This means that you get to live a balanced life; eating healthy 80% of the time and letting yourself splurge 20% of the time; getting in your exercise when you can, but not beating yourself up when you can’t; seeing slow steady changes, but not losing your sanity in the mean time.
Health and fitness is not and should not be impossible, all you have to do is start making small changes and stick with it.
** as always, feel free to ask me if you have any specific questions or if I can help you get started!