I had two slices of cake last night so I have to run an extra mile today. I worked out today so I earned this ice cream cone. I work out so I can eat whatever I want…
Have any of these statements every come out of your mouth or entered your thoughts? (My hand is raised also, don’t worry.)
I used to fall into this way of thinking too, but not anymore!
Experiencing the fat loss lifestyle and following a few simple nutrition tips has helped me realize the negative effect that way of thinking had on me. I used working out as a reason to eat whatever I wanted, and I “punished” myself at the gym for eating too many cookies.
Using food as your motive for working out is going to give your workouts a negative connotation eventually. You will most likely over indulge more often and experience that guilty feeling when you eat something unhealthy or miss a workout.
This can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food and/or working out or more specifically, overtraining.
If you haven’t heard the news yet, you can’t out train a bad diet!
While eating healthy and exercising goes hand in hand they are not created equal. Therefore, if you slip up simply own that and move on.Don’t “punish” yourself at the gym.
Just get back on track and try to do better next time.
So how did I get out of this mindset? And how can YOU work on doing better and staying on track? I realize now that food should be looked at as fuel for my body. I had to adopt the mindset of “eating to live” not “living to eat.” I enjoy food and on rare occasions it is nice to indulge. Once I started following these nutrition tips though, I quickly realized how much better I felt physically and mentally.
6 Nutrition Tips to Keep You On Track
- Plan meals and snacks ahead of time to avoid making bad choices.
- Allow one reward or cheat meal a week.
- Keep a list of goals in plain sight.
- Invite a family member or friend to get on board with you for support and accountability.
- Give yourself grace when you do get off track. (And make a healthy choice to get yourself back on track!)
- Find healthier alternatives to treats that I love.
Remember that you didn’t become unhealthy overnight–it will take time to adapt to your new lifestyle.
The good news is that once you start treating your body better you will feel AMAZING! Chances are you will find the fat loss lifestyle easier to maintain. Practice makes progress!
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