Life style changes over short-term diets

Today is rest day meaning no exercise! I love exercise but not 7 days a week, I also love to eat and watch mad men, eating the most, I’ve eaten more sausage rolls than I should today…I hope the January revolutionists/heroes are still at it with their fitness/diet goals whatever they may be!

I have to get this out: I am a big non-believer in short-term diet plans/detox juicing session the kind where you have to cut something out of your diet or just eat one thing. In my mind it’s rather simple, whatever your food habit/lifestyle was, it wasn’t working in helping you to be at your desired weight or physique. Any radical change, as is with a lot of diet plans, will get you to loose the weight.

Going off the diet isn’t the thing that is making you put back on the weight, it’s the slipping back into the bad routine that does it. Instead of going back on [insert diet plan], you need a new plan of action, one that you will stick to FOR LIFE, that you are going to like to do, there is no short cut.

In 2014 I became very depressed, for numerous reasons and factors. I gained 9 kgs unknowingly. It wasn’t until I couldn’t button my “big” jeans up, that I realised what had happened. Something had to change, and some things had changed, I was eating more than I needed, not exercising enough. I wasn’t running like I used to, knee problems put me off.

I started my work slowly but determined in the gym on the treadmill, limiting myself to 30 mins to avoid any knee pains, then RICE as a preventative measure. It worked I was getting fitter building a good base. But that wasn’t enough either; with the advice from a personal trainer I changed my diet too. Not too radically, I am constantly making changes and tweaks. It was hard at first and I have “cheat days”. I keep track of myself by using a spreadsheet writing down everything I eat and the nutrition values, and then I add them up at the end of the day. With that I am able to tell if I am eating too much of something and as a result I find myself eating more veg and getting my 5 a day!

I eat what I want in moderation. I eat full fat sausages on rare occasion; I actually prefer the low fat kind after a year of eating them. It is a trade off; I don’t see what’s so bad about it.

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