By Warren Tutt
So after a grazing period of chocolates, cheese and monstrous leftover concussions we’re feeling a little uncomfortable heading into the New Year. Obviously hitting the gym three times a day and life of green tea and cabbage soup is the way forward right? …Wrong.
The New Year calls for a change in lifestyle and habits, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither did everyone work at the same time. Plans had to be made, foundations laid and then building started from the bottom up. So stop the clean-living binge and start a functional evolution to a happier, healthier you.
The first thing you want to do is eat normal food. Sure raw, organic, dairy-free, sugarless meals are nutritionally rich and great for you, but your body will go into shock. My number one rule is if you can eat it, then don’t cut it out. Gluten free, dairy-free whatever it is, companies are brainwashing us with associating these foods with better lifestyles. Of course everything should be in moderation but if you’re not a coeliac (or gluten intolerant) then avoiding bread is only going to frustrate and lead to that fridge night-binge of pizza, garlic bread and sticky toffee pudding.
It takes our bodies up to 40 days to rid ourselves of habits, if you want to quit sugar or processed foods then I’m all for it. But accept cravings and mood fluctuations. Maybe you’re going to need bread to get past the sugar cravings, then once that’s fixed, work on the next food elimination. Don’t use your body past breaking point, it will only fail you and you’ll be back at square one, surrounded by Jaffa cake wrappers and spooning tubs of Ben and Jerry’s.
Now it’s time to hit the gym. Get under that rack and squat twice your body weight, then run four miles on the treadmill and swing the heaviest kettle bell over your head a good dozen times.
How about we slow it down, Mr Motivator.
A friend once told me going to the gym is like reading a book. You have to start with chapter one. Sure, others around you may be on chapter 12 or even on the next book, but they didn’t get there by skipping ahead. Head to and pick yourself a training programme, and be honest! Don’t put your fitness or experience ahead of reality, injuries are not worth the hassle and setbacks they can cause.
A great way to monitor progress is to take weekly pictures, the scales will always lie, depending on whose you use and your muscle-to-body fat ratio. A weekly picture can show you your progress and it’s something you don’t have to share with anyone. Training with a friend can also be another way to monitor your progress and ensure you actually go. Nothing motivates you more than knowing someone is relying on you to be there.
At the end of the day, you’ve made this decision for you. Ignore what anyone else is doing or saying. As long you are putting one foot in front of the other, thinking and making better choices with your diet and nutrition, then you’re on the right way.
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