5 Tips for people who struggle to achieve fitness goals
“Why can’t I lose weight? I’ve tried liquid diets, broth diets, high protein diets, cabbage-only, high pumpkin seed and pepper diets, linseed diets, medium marshmallow and meatballs diets and I can’t lose any weight! What can I do?”
Struggling to achieve fitness goals is pretty common. Especially if the routines you follow are dubious or questionable. For instance, there’s a big difference between a fad diet and a fab diet. Every day some quasi-self-professed expert posts their version of the dud diet pie; a diet designed to shed your hard earned savings rather than any excess fat.
For good results, it’s essential that you know how to set fitness goals that are healthy and achievable for you. Here are some tips that could help you achieve your fitness goals.
Tip One: Be careful who you believe
With a cheap and cheerful website template and a few lush photos from a stock library, anyone can look like a dieting pro. Anyone can conjure up a credible story for their apple and aniseed weight loss program complete with fake testimonials to con desperate people. And anyone can take your credit card details when you take the bait.
If you think a diet might be fake, it probably is.
Tip Two: Interrogate your discipline
Sorry, but a diet program is exactly that – a program – and you can’t adapt it to accommodate lifestyle choices you’re not prepared to lose. So, be honest: have you given previous diets every opportunity to succeed?
Without the right discipline, no diet will ever be right for you. Without the ability to stick rigidly to a method, your body mass won’t go anywhere. So make a commitment: you’ll follow your diet right down to the last word.
Tip Three: Don’t skip breakfast
It could be as simple that. A decent, high fibre breakfast makes you less likely to binge eat later. And yes, the breakfast rule has become something of a cliché, but for good reason: it remains true.
Tip Four: Don’t over-exercise
You’re thrashing away three or four times a week for an hour, yet all you have to show for it is fatigue. Over-exercise is a very real thing and can be worse for your overall health than no exercise at all. Two high intensity and one low-intensity workout per week; that’s your basic benchmark.
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Tip Five: Employ a personal trainer
Seriously, if you’ve tried everything and failed, a personal trainer is a great investment. They know what works and what doesn’t. They know how to design a fitness and nutrition program to suit you and you alone. And they know how to get results fast.
On your own, you can easily hide behind your dieting and exercise indiscretions. With a trainer analysing your every move, you’re suddenly accountable. A trainer keeps you honest not only with them but with yourself.
A personal trainer will also set realistic weight loss goals for you to focus on and get excited about. If they say you’ll lose 5 kilograms in 3 weeks, you probably will. If they tell you how to keep the weight off once you’ve reached your target figure, chances are it will work.
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