Mar 28 2014

Avoid Temptation Like A Fitness Pro Pt 1

  For the first time in my life I’m on a diet.  In five weeks time I shall be stepping on stage in-front of hundreds of people at around four percent body fat (fingers crossed), for my first bodybuilding contest.  I want to see how far I can push my…

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For the first time in my life I’m on a diet.  In five weeks time I shall be stepping on stage in-front of hundreds of people at around four percent body fat (fingers crossed), for my first bodybuilding contest.  I want to see how far I can push my body, and experience what our clients go through when changing their own lifestyles for the better.  Obviously I am on an extreme diet and exercise program (nothing we would prescribe), but the principles of self discipline and focus apply in the same way as someone overweight trying to get back to ‘normal’.  Becs is also competing with me and I must say it’s way harder for the women; six times a week in the gym weight training and at least four times performing cardio!  The past few weeks experience has given me a great insight into how one keeps to their eating plan, when the environment we live in wants us to fail.  So here are my tips that really work, for anyone who struggles to stay sane or resist temptation when trying to achieve the body of their dreams

#1 Surround yourself with successful people.  If you want to do well in anything, you have to be around winners.  Want to keep to your food plan?  Then you have to spend less time with people who will sabotage your progress.  That doesn’t mean changing your friends, but it does mean not meeting your most unhealthy ones down the pub.  People pick up habits from those around them, and you don’t want theirs.  There’s also safety being among failures, if you fail it’s ok, as nobody else is making a positive change – you can all fail together.  As a coach I’ve heard countless instances of clients friends telling them they are losing too much weight, that they shouldn’t change any more.  Change causes fear it those around you, and even the person making the change.  You need positive people around you to make it stick to your goals, and encourage your success.

#2 Avoid temptation.  I visit the supermarket possibly every 3 months.  If I can, I avoid it at all costs.  Why is that?  Because that’s where the foods that will scupper my goals are located.  Ever wonder why the chocolate bars are by the counter?  Stand in the queue for long enough eyeing the Maltesers and you’ll buy them.  Eating healthy is hard enough without temptation shoved in your face.  Bad food is an addiction that can be broken, but as any councillor will tell you, you need to extract yourself from any situation that may allow you to give way to temptation.  The saying ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ sums this up completely.  If you don’t have crisps in the house, you are not likely to get up in the middle of the night and drive to the local service station for a bag of Walkers.  I’m sure some of you are even salivating over the picture below, look away!

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#3 Cook your own food.  Not one thing passes my mouth (other than protein shake), that I haven’t cooked myself.  This way I know exactly what in it, I like it, and it saves me quite a bit of cash.  A common complaint I hear about healthy food is, it’s that it’s boring, or it’s expensive.  If you cook with spices and different ingredients it can make your meal selection exciting, even the envy of your colleagues.  Once you have a number of recipes under your belt, these become easier and easier to make. Simply make a big batch of something up over the weekend and take it in with you over the week.  Or commit to cooking 50% of your food (something as simple as cooking chicken breast), and buying the rest out, you’ll be amazed at the results. Check out the website www.musclefood.com for great ready mixed spices for your chicken and steak and great value quality meat. You can even have a discount on us with this code BC12513!

Read Pt 2 next week for our final three tips on being successful in your quest for better health…

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Salman