Think about how you can improve your quality of life. (Hint: having abs doesn’t improve your quality of life). Go ahead, read that last part again. I’ll wait.
Okay, to make a real change to your diet you’re going to need a greater motivator than just looking better. It’s not enough. If you’re needing to change a multiple time a day habit (eating), you’re going to need to search down deep for a big motivator to do that. Changing your diet can have huge benefits to your quality of life, but that doesn’t mean it’s a big priority for people. Plus, it’s freaking tough. Hitting the gym makes a postive impact to your overall health, but we are just talking an hour five to seven days a week. When we change our diets, we may be eliminating a lot of our favorite foods, adding time in the kitchen, and possibly taking a lot of the conveniences away just to grab a bite to eat, not to mention food being a really emotional thing for some people. It’s a really big deal. To help you find some intrinsic motivators, let’s go through some checkpoints and start by looking at your day from the second you wake up.
-Did you sleep well?
-Do you have energy without consuming anything immediately upon waking?
-After eating, are you free from sleepiness? (No energy crash post-lunch?)
-Can you focus on tasks clearly at work or around the house?
-Do you handle stress well? (Not over-reacting?)
-Are you performing increasingly better at the gym?
-Are you free from chronic joint pain and inflammation?
-Are you free from cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure medications?
-Are you free from GI-related issues?
-Are you free from skin conditions like eczema?
-Are you free from seasonal allergies?
-Are you free from any autoimmune diseases? (Lupus, Celiac disease, MS, Rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
-Are you free from food cravings?
-Are you free from depression?
Do you think you could improve upon one or more of the above questions? These would be great examples of a motivating factor for a dietary change. We are talking about changes that will have a big impact on your quality life. Disease prevention, lack of depression, more energy; these are great examples of a motivating factor. These aren’t aesthetic motivations. The abs are just along for the ride, as a little side perk for a better quality of life. So, if you didn’t ace the questionnaire, it’s probably a good time for a cleanup, or a diet reset.
We will routinely run in-house challenges at the gym, and most are nutrition-related, getting people out of their habits or comfort zones to clean up their diets and see if we can make some breakthroughs. Here’s what’s happened in the past…
“I lost 17 pounds in six weeks.”
“I feel like I'm able to be creative with cooking…The food I'm eating tastes great and is very satisfying. I let myself get hungry between meals, but I don't have a mindset that hunger is just something I need to live with in order to lose weight.”
“I'm able to focus better through the workday.”
“My gym attendance has been much better, I think because I'm not feeling so sluggish.”
“I've had some social engagements and travel where I didn't follow the diet strictly, but it didn't completely derail me. On other diets, I've had a lot more trouble "getting back on the horse”."
“I found the Q&A follow up sessions and your support to be really helpful.”
“I'm saving money because I'm cooking my own meals instead of picking food up at restaurants and I'm not spending money on booze.”
“I lost a total of 9 pounds and have kept it off. Still eating total Paleo. Didn't realize how much cheating we did before the challenge. Now, it's just not worth it to cheat. My new favorite food is a hamburger lettuce wrap with Paleo mayonnaise. I have had an awful sweet tooth (so the) Paleo chocolate chip cookies (do the trick) but in moderation. Having beer, but also really monitoring and not worth the body effects. Thanks again for the challenge!”
“I started changing what I was eating as soon as we had the nutrition meeting. I just went ahead and cut out all of the things when I was meal prepping. I wasn’t perfect, I did cheat a few times through the month. I went from weighing 230.2 on January 1st and on February 13th weighing in at 214.6. I’ve noticed I’ve toned quite a bit in some areas and for the first time in a while my stomach has gone down a bit. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or an actual thing, but I feel like I’m moving better during class.”
Some pretty remarkable changes, I’d say. Yes, they lost weight and weight loss is a darn good motivator to change your diet and clean things up in the kitchen. But, people also remarked that they’re enjoying their food again, having fun cooking really delicious food. Their focus is better, gym attendance is better, their movement is better after changing their diet, and dare I say that means their quality of life is better. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that they also felt happier.
We do everything in our power to eliminate obstacles for you, we’re happy to answer questions and are available for support, and by running our frequent in-house challenges, we even help with the motivation.
But we can’t do it for you.
Now, all it takes is for you to decide to prioritize your nutrition.
Find your “why” and let’s get started together.