Slow and steady wins the race!

diet-300x291   I dont know about you but I am not a big fan of the bootcamp style approach to dieting. I have tried it myself many times over the years and although some of those attempts have successfully got me into the best shape of my life, within a month of achieving this I was always back to where I started, and sometimes I actually ended up in worse shape than ever!   I used the crash diet/bootcamp approach when training for a charity boxing event some time ago. It was extremely tough as I had to make so many scarifies but I was highly motivated by several factors: 1) I was going to have to stand on some scales in my underwear in front of several other fighters and coaches 2) I was going to have to stand in an elevated ring in just a pair of shorts in front of a couple hundred people whilst being filmed 3) The lighter I was the quicker I would be, and the less likely I was to get knocked out by my opponent!!!   10636937_1575705482653554_2316072617177498078_o   Within a month after the fight was over I had gained two inches on my waist and was glad I didn’t have to parade around topless in front of anyone anytime soon.   Don’t get me wrong, sometimes these dieting challenges are actually pretty fun and they do have their place. If you don t have the luxury of time and you don’t need the results to be sustained then this approach works great. If you are 6 weeks out from a wedding , holiday or photo-shoot then use that motivation and make some dramatic changes. However, if you want long term sustainable results then slow and steady wins the race.   I use to be heavier than I am now and although I am not in the best shape of life I don’t have to try too hard to stay at my current body composition. That is because I have developed some healthier habits that I didn’t have before when I was a stone to a stone and half heavier.   One of them was eliminating bread from my diet. I now consider bread to be a treat. That was tough at first but years later I can honestly say I do not crave it.   There are lots of articles on habit forming and most agree that it takes between 3-4 weeks to develop a new habit. Or by engaging in the new behaviour at least 10-20 times is usually enough for it to become more of an unconscious behaviour.   What also increases you’re success rate when engaging in a new behaviour is accountability and social support.   This blog post is already too long so Im just going to cut to the chase. Each month I am going to post a healthy habit which you, your friends, your family and your clients can focus on if you would like to. By the end of the month this new healthy behaviour  will hopefully have become a habit so each month you can focus on the next one. Just think after one year you could have introduced 12 new healthy behaviours into your life. Imagine the positive outcomes that would have.   Feel free to comment if you have any healthy behaviour requests or need some more support 🙂

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