In case you didn’t know, fit folks are often just as weak as unfit folks. The big difference is that, although we lapse, we don’t really relapse, as in stay lapsed permanently. Here are the strategies I use that allow me to enjoy food, life and stay fit.
- I exercise regularly…except for that one week when I don’t. Weight-loss starts in the kitchen, not on the gym floor ( if you never use the kitchen, well, there is your first problem). Weight maintenance is mainly a physical endeavor. I workout consistently with a flexible routine that changes about every 2 weeks. I take a week off when I feel burnt out and instead increase my daily physical activity by a bit. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” also applies to the gym!
- I have a basic diet plan First of all, I don’t diet: I eat well but like my gym routine, I stick to the same clean and nutrient-rich style during the week and relish my cheat day on the weekend. If I’m competing my cheat day becomes a cheat meal and as my competition grows closer that cheat meal becomes a cheat snack. This is for the same reason I like the window seat on an airplane and like to know where all the exits are: I need to know I can have some release. Willpower is elastic and most cannot stay tense all the time or a binge is sure to happen. Know thyself.
- I don’t own my snacks Almost everyone has trigger foods. Mine are breads, cheeses ( cheese hates me but I still love it) and basically, like every human, anything sweet or crunchy. My trick is: I don’t keep those things in the house! If I want it it is for a clandestine meeting not a long-term relationship . Meaning, only buy a single serving at a time. Make your snacking an expensive habit and you will be less likely to maintain it. *Pay attention to how often you shop for these things though. Read On