Nutrition is the foundation of the results you wish to see in your fitness regime. If it’s not working or you are not seeing the results you want or as quickly; you’ll struggle in some aspect of your performance or feel stalled in your progress. Which leads to what? In most cases, its quitting or moving on to something else before letting the program take effect.
Are any of these nutrition mistakes affecting you? Here is Number #2 for today
#2. Nutrition Mistakes: Abusing the off-day
Rest days are a vital part of any plan, as are cheat days in your nutrition program. These days are a must, they help in keeping you on track. What we usually see is that we tend to cheat or take a day off anyway (due to a special occasion or something else), so why not have it included. Days off help recovery and keep us balanced and sane. Yet the biggest problem with cheat days is that most of us, are not planned and implemented like a vital part of the plan. They are seen, instead, as an indulgent day, a time to rebel and drown in treats that feel well deserved after being so saintly in your nutrition program. With this mindset, one cheat day easily turns into a string of cheat days and leads to nutrition mistakes. Hence, you are right back from where you first started. And then, think of this; how long before you try again. We usually see a year or longer. And you know what happens, weight gain, unhappy, and blame.
Just as your rest day is programmed in to allow you the best chance of success in the long term, your cheat day is part of the plan. It is not exactly useful to you to see cheat days as a time to throw common sense out the window. It is part of a larger plan and should be programmed as such. If you have days, events or holidays where you know you’ll be off your chosen nutrition program, make a plan for how to account for these. We always recommend smaller portions; eat slower; drink plenty of water; and be mindful of time of day, how much, and what you are eating.
We all need help when trying to do this, just know that you are not alone. I too, have my own nutritional hang-ups that I am always working on. I am constantly reminding myself that it’s the failures along the way which are a part of the process. Learning from them and re-applying is the process which will lead to successful results.
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