Does dieting ever get easier?

Dieting is tough! For many it is too tough to try. For some it’s too tough to maintain. And for others it’s a painful grind. So at what point does dieting get easier if at all?

I’ve tried many diets. Some I’ve maintained for long periods of time but some I’ve also failed. But what I’ve realised is what the real road block is, is breaking the habit of poor food choices!

This road block, For me, usually comes into play at about the third to fourth week. It is the breaking point. If I manage to sustain a diet for this amount of time all of a sudden the future weeks become alot easier and all becomes alot less of a grind.

This break through is all down to breaking the bad habits I’ve adopted around eating unhealthy. Once you get the momentum of a good solid routine of healthy food choices your brain starts to forget about any alternate unhealthy ways of eating. This process is the breaking point of your diet, although it is most likely the hardest time of your diet; It is the most important!

So from my personal experience if you have struggled from maintaining diets in the past. Try put everything you’ve got into getting past that three to four week milestone, and I can promise you. You will stop battling and start working with your new diet you have set yourself up for.

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Myfitnesspal- Do I think it’s worth the hassle? (Honest review)

Myfitnesspal is a fitness app which is the absolute go to app for tracking your fitness goals. If that would be a macro nutrient goal, micro nutrient goal or even just a calorie deficit or surplus diet. Whatever your dietary tracking requirements, this app is going to be your fitness pal to help you with it!

This app will even link up with other fitness devices. For example, a fitbit. A fitbit will count your steps and will track those calories burnt and work them into your daily calorie intake etc. You can even manually type in any exercise you’ve done and calories lost and work them in. However weightlifting on the other hand will not monitor your calories, and will not work them into your daily calorie intake. But come on give the app a break, it still sounds pretty amazing right?

Well yes, even though tracking weight lifting activities is not very effective on the app, many serious weight lifters will still use the app. Because they’re on the app for their dietary needs which is just as important if not more important then just tracking a session.

So what makes it so diet effective? Being able to see what calorific and nutritional value your food has is a real eye opener and will play a crucial part in hitting your dietary goals. How do you know if you’ve got enough protein if you haven’t actually counted how much protein you’ve put into your body?

So how do you track what’s in your food? Well there is several ways to take a reading from your food. Some easier and more accurate then others but here’s a quick overview

  • Scan the barcode on your food packaging using your phone camera (In app)
  • Type in the number on your barcode
  • Search for the food on the food search bar (database)
  • Type in the nutritional information on the food packaging

All these methods will bring up the item you will be consuming or create the item you will be consuming. However how much you eat of the item will vary and may involve you weighing exactly how much you will be consuming for the most accurate results. However people do estimate but I would recommend weighing items for atleast a week or so, so you can get the feel for how things work, and how much a food weighs (I think you will be surprised with some food products).

This blog isn’t an in-depth guide into how myfitness pal works so I won’t bore you with the ins and outs of it, but I will be sure to give you a link to a good video to learn from if you haven’t yet had a go.
https://youtu.be/me_s_U-xzQY

So no doubt about it, it all does sound like ALOT of hassle. Recording absolutly everything you put into your mouth is very time consuming and can be very tedious. So the big question is…

Is myfitnesspal worth the hassle?

In my personal experience I will say it is worth the hassle. Even though it is that extra thing to worry about in your busy day, and does bring that extra bit of work and thought into every meal you make; It is 100% worth it!

I’ve personally lost 6kg in a month due to just tracking my calories and keeping myself on a calorie deficit diet. Without tracking all my food, there is no way I could have managed to get all the correct portion sizes. And even more importantly actually know how many calories the food I was eating had in it!

I believe that this app really does give you that extra insight into the nutritional industry without spending big money to get a personal nutitionalist. So if you really are serious about your dietary needs, please download the app and have ago!

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Where to start in the overwhelming world of fitness?

The Fitness Industry today is unfortunatly a place full of crooks and money grabbing thieves flogging anything they can to make you feel like you’re heading on the right track. Although it feels all abit overwhelming with what works, what doesn’t and how much bang are you really getting for your buck with alot of products out there. Let’s just strip it all back and start from the basics and get you moving in the right direction!

There’s alot of talks about what diet works best, what fitness plan to approach and what supplements you need to reach your fitness goals. But most of these things come along gradually through your fitness journey if at all and only should be taken seriously when you’re ready for it.

To make real long term progress in the fitness world you have to be able to maintain a whole bunch of healthy habits. If these can’t be maintained consistently then progress will slump and your motive will slump even sooner. So how does a novice manage to pick up these healthy habits of workouts and healthy diets without it being an overwhelming procedure?

You must take it all back to the basics, forget your strict diet, and your overloading gym schedule. Forget buying those overpriced supplements and the very best running shoes you can get your hands on. And most importantly stop comparing your chapter 1 of your journey to somebody else’s chapter 11!

Try to make gradual changes for the better, so try having a serving of veg and fruit everyday. Don’t scare yourself with topics such as macro and micro nutrients just yet, Just try to get the basics down first and more complex things will follow and so will great results! If you’re new to the gym, don’t go too hard too early. Take your time, get your body and mind adjusted first and embrace the whole gym goers attitude. My advice would be to go twice a week and slowly build up your confidence until you feel that you’re ready to go more often; but all in your own time!

The Fitness world can be overwhelming sometimes with people telling you what’s the wrong and right way to do things. But just remember to start at your own pace and make sure you get the basics down first before you start moving onto the more complex things in the fitness world.