Where do I start?

It is March and many of us may have had big ambitions about losing weight and changing our habits.  We said this was the year for change.  Hopefully you have kept up with your goals.  Unfortunately, it is statistically unlikely.  More than half of resolutions are broken before the end of January.  I am here to tell you that that is ok!  Let’s make a new plan, one that works.  It involves your nutrition and how to make it work for you.

For our weight loss goals our nutrition plan should involve three things. The first is a starting point.  Where are we currently.  What are our biggest obstacles.  This part is crucial and often overlooked.  I need to lose weight is a goal, not a starting point.  A starting point is one that should include some objective data.  How much do I weigh?  What is my percent Body Fat?  How much lean tissue do I have?   This can be done with any bodyfat measuring system.  Preferably one that will also measure your lean muscle mass.

Do you workout?  Will you start working out?  Finding out how much energy we expend will help you create your plan.  If you aren’t sure, find a coach who can help.  If you are serious about making a change, go all the way!

Next, realistically think about what will work for you.  There are a lot of effective nutrition protocols.  They all work for one reason.  They restrict calories.  Flexible dieting, paleo, vegetarian, low carb etc all work because you will be eating less food then you used too.  Common pit falls are trying to do a plan that won’t work for you.  A quick aside, if a coach has a “my way or the highway mentality”, find someone who will work with you!  The only thing 100% necessary to lose weight is a calorie deficit.  Stop trying to jam that square peg into a round hole.

Lastly, be accountable.  With a friend, a coach, a family member etc.  You can do it!  It is not easy, change never is.  You are worth it and it does get easier.  The best advice is to remember that you are human and your health is a journey.  Don’t let mistakes get you down and don’t let nutrition run your life.  Let it fuel your run!