Whenever we try to change something that we do in our everyday life – whether that’s starting something new, stopping something we no longer want to do or simply switching the way we do something, we often refer to and rely on ‘WILLPOWER’. As willpower requires effort and energy, however, as soon as we start to feel tired, stressed, busy and so on (which we inevitably do at some point) we automatically revert back to our old, ingrained patterns because they are easier and more comfortable.
The start of a New Year is a time when many of us naturally reflect on the past 12 months and begin to consider how we can make the year ahead just as good, or (in the case of 2020 for most of us), a heck of a lot better! New Year’s ‘resolutions’ often get a bad reputation, associated with expectations of waking up on January 1st a whole new person, with all obstacles from the past year wiped out. Of course, this doesn’t happen and so our initial optimism can quickly diminish and see us falling back into old patterns and habits within weeks or even days.
Many of us are guilty of skipping breakfast because we’d prefer an extra ten minutes in bed, right? But doing this regularly whilst trying to maintain a healthy diet and training regime can be damaging to your progress!
Fasting is a means of control. It is a deliberate choice of withdrawing food from your body as a means of dropping fat. Its main purpose is for the storage of nutrients as your body breaks it down to use it efficiently.
Many food labels will state the number of calories but REMEMBER that the manufacturer’s idea of “one portion” may not be the same as yours that you serve yourself. The energy that we put into our bodies to sustain a stable weight, must be the same as the energy that we use by normal bodily functions and physical activity, we store the excess as body fat.
One thing that seems to be very popular at the moment, is the 30-day beach body challenge. You generally see them start making an appearance and trending on social media as the days start to get longer, and most of us get our summer holidays booked in.
In the run up to the festive season temptation is everywhere. You can’t walk into a supermarket without 500 packs of iced mince pies staring you in the face, cheeseboards around every corner and not to mention the festive tipples which are always on offer.