A DIFFERENT APPROACH
In the last post, I spoke about why mainstream diet plans and programmes don’t work for most, and how it leads into the ‘living for the weekend’ mentality.
Today I want to share with you a DIFFERENT APPROACH to achieving a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Almost every diet plan / programme out there, will ask you to focus on, 'avoiding this, having this, not doing this, and doing lots of this’ … for most this is an ambitious task, requiring immediate changes to many areas of our life.
However, motivated and determined to see quick results you stick to it for as long as you can before you slip up in one area of the diet, take the weekend off plan, and find yourself in a cycle, in-and-out of strict diets, never getting long-term results, and degrading your mentality around fitness and nutrition…But it NEVER stops you from trying again and again in vain.
If this is you, firstly realise that you have some pretty AMAZING QUALITIES to be proud of.
You are DETERMINED and PERSISTENT.
Determined to see change, and persistent that each and every time you fail, you get back up and try try again.
It's neither of these two factors holding you back… instead it's more than likely these two: your MINDSET and your APPROACH.
1. Your Mindset
Falling into a yo-yo dieters mindset of wanting and expecting quick results that will last a lifetime is what the diet industry thrives off – hence they even sell pills prescribed to get you there ‘even faster’...a topic for another day.
This is common, and like we uncovered – unrealistic and almost never leads to long-term results, but instead a long-term psychological battle with yourself, your health and food – which keeps the industry busy and profitable.
If this is you in this situation, you first need to become AWARE of this and ACCEPT this is not working for you... And maybe it’s time to try something different.
If you want to change your body, you must first change your mind.
2. Your Approach
Let’s quickly breakdown what your previous approach may have looked like beforehand:
- Multiple challenging rules / guidelines to stick to all at once.
- Fixed tasks, no consideration of your lifestyle.
- Quick results followed by a rebound.
- In sum… Diet. Stress. Burnout. Blowout. Repeat.
Now…if we were to take the OPPOSITE approach, what would that look like?:
- One simple, easy, achievable habit at a time before moving on.
- A progressive task taking you step by step from where you are to where you want to be.
- Sustainable, long-lasting changes with ‘progression not perfection’ in mind.
- In sum… one focus. small goals. small wins. Progress and repeat.
This is a habit-based approach, and IT WORKS – for almost every reason why the rules-based approach doesn’t.
Change your mindset, change your approach, and try something different.
Do something which is enjoyable, manageable, achievable, and builds on your sense of accomplishment. Progressively improving your lifestyle so you can be healthier and happier.
Next week I’ll give you a simple structure on how to start a habit-based approach.
If you want a comprehensive action plan and looking to get fit and healthy and on track for the summer, have a look at the 21-Day Challenge Programme, you can check it out 'here'
It is extremely holistic – focusing on all areas of your life. It has everything you need to challenge yourself, learn, progress and sustain through habits (with ease), along with an exclusive ‘BTH challenger’ community where I’m active and you can chat with me and the others who have already been through / going through their own challenge.
If you’re feeling lost and interested in something more personal, more support, guidance and accountability, have a look at what I offer with my 1-1 coaching services.
Glance over the programme outlines 'here', and book in for quick chat with me.
If what I offer does not suit you, I'm more than happy to chat with you, and if I can, talk through an action plan and point you in the direction of someone who could help towards your goals.
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Stay Healthy and Happy!