Setting Unachievable Goals
Dropping Your Calories Too Low
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Eliminating And Focusing On Food You Enjoy
Doing Too Much, Too Quickly
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There seems to be a great divide on social media when it comes to weight loss:
1. “Weight loss is TOXIC! Dieting is a sign that you hate yourself & you should stop that. Eat everything you want, only workout if you feel like it, and just love your body as is!”
2. “Nothing is better than FIT! Skipping a single workout means you’ve failed. Not hitting your macros on the nose means you’ve failed. Food is fuel, nothing more. No excuses. WORK. HARDER.”
We often struggle to find the middle ground between these two schools of thought.
And I get it: I used to diet HARD, feel restricted, get upset, and think “I shouldn’t have to do this. This is so unhealthy. I should just be FREE. Tracking food is SO disordered! Im done!”
Then I’d let myself go: stop tracking my nutrition, slow down on workouts, eat anything I wanted (& then some), claiming that any restraint of any kind was “restriction”… but then a few months later, I’d realized I’d gained 10 pounds, feel really unhealthy and lethargic, dislike my body, and get back on some sort of strict diet.
And for a while - hating my body DID fuel my diets. I had a terrible relationship with my body, and so I forced dieting upon it in order to lose weight.
But within the last few years, something has changed - I genuinely love my body. Bigger or smaller, I have so much love and respect for it.
Sometimes, I choose to lose a few pounds. I know this will be hard for some people to believe, but it truly is NOT out of hate for my body - just preference. Lynette at 155 pounds is awesome. Lynette at 148 pounds is also awesome. The latter just fits into my jeans a little better 😉 And I prefer that.
But by NO MEANS do I hate me a few pounds heavier.
Weight loss does not have to mean you hate your body any more than choosing NOT to lose weight must mean you love your body. Your love for your body is a separate journey - not defined by weight loss or the lack thereof.
You can love something and still want to change it or improve it.
Have you ever felt guilty for wanting to lose weight?
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Mark Bell is a dedicated athlete, entrepreneur, and family man. After suffering from a major injury, Mark decided that it was time begin his next chapter and make a change. Fast forward to today, Mark has lost over 100 pounds and completely transformed his life by following these 8 simple rules, and you can too!
1. WALK - Move! At least 3x/day. During your lunch break? Instead of that smoke break, maybe it’s 5 minutes out and 5 minutes back.
2. FASTING I recommend, if you’re new to fasting to do it every other day! Just want you to adapt to the feeling of being hungry.
3. MEAL PREP - personally, I’m not a fan of prepping my meals but that’s why I use @iconmeals. I’m less likely to cheat or make bad decisions when food is already prepared. Side effect: less money spent out at the bar or restaurant.
4. EAT VEGGIES - “but but but people’s Coach, you said veggies are bad!” No no no. I think that people too heavily rely on them for nutrition, BUT if you’re in a caloric deficit and HUNGRY you’re less likely to reach for chocolate if you’re stuffed to the gills with heavy green veggies. It will fill you up. My only caveat to this, you must finish your protein before you finish your veggies... I don’t wanna hear “I’m too full to finish this chicken”
5. KEEP PROTEIN HIGH — I personally choose protein leveraging. Example: before my meal, I’ll enjoy some protein like a chicken breast before my actual meal. I’m less likely to binge on the fun stuff like carbs or fats because I’m full. Every person should be getting 1g/ per pound of body weight MINIMUM.
6. CUT CALORIE DRINKS - smoothies, juices, etc are marketed as “healthy” when all too often they are pumped with processed sugar, etc. People will rely on these and ignore protein & proper nutrient from other sources of foods. Ditch the juice and drink some water. I use @drinklmnt in my water to ensure I have enough electrolytes so I’m hydrated during my workouts.
7. KEEP IT SIMPLE - keep your habits so simple, so easy that they are hard to say no to. Example: pop on the stair master for 5 minutes before and after my workout. That’s simple enough, right? Simple = repeatable. Compliance is the science!
8. OCCUPY YOUR MIND — get after something you love to do. A hobby like lifting is something I’ve been doing since I was 12. So it’s my go-to