It’s that time of year again – when everyone declares they are going to start going to the gym, get in shape and lose those extra few pounds once and for all. Of course we all start off with the best of intentions but only a small percentage of people will actually stick to the plan and stand in front of the mirror six months later looking like a different person.
Putting goals in place
The key to sticking to your guns is setting yourself achievable goals that you can actually manage and that you can easily fit into your daily routine. If you start off by declaring you’re going to run your first 10km and lose 2 stone within a month then you are more than likely setting yourself up for failure and you will lose heart before you’ve even started to feel the real benefits of your exercise programme. Start by setting yourself smaller targets and work up to your overall goal slowly.
Think about your diet
As well as being sensible when it comes to your workout goals, you also need to take a long hard look at your diet and say goodbye to the treats that are doing you more harm than good. You don’t necessarily have to forgo all the things you love but if you have tended to eat crisps and chocolate on a daily basis then this definitely needs to become a thing of the past! Indulge once every other week at most and not at all in the beginning while you’re trying to shed the initial pounds. While you are getting into the training habit it’s important to eat healthily and try and incorporate various elements into your diet including fresh vegetables and fruit, lean red meat, poultry, fish and whole wheat versions of bread, rice and pasta. If this all sounds terribly dull, then try and get imaginative with your recipes and make sure your meals are full of flavour.
An extra edge
After you’ve been training for a while and are really starting to see the results of your labours, you might want to start taking things up a level and adding some supplements to your diet. If muscle mass and size are important to you and you really want to start pumping up then it might be worth considering protein powder diets. Protein is the most important food group to have in your diet when you’re trying to build muscle mass and, as any body builder will tell you, it can be difficult to get enough of it into your diet when you’re really training hard down the gym. By adding a protein shake to your meals you can maximise your protein intake without having to go overboard on the chicken breasts and with hard work and focus you’ll really start to see the results.