“Really, that’s it? That’s all I have to do? Are you sure?”
This is a common response from new weight loss clients when we start discussing changes in their diet or workouts.
Contrary to what most of the attention grabbing headlines and “Insta-coaches” will try to convince you of, you don’t have to change everything about your entire life all in one day when you’re trying to lose weight, feel better or simply live a healthier lifestyle.
A little bit more, a little bit better.
This is something I picked up during the Precision Nutrition certification and it’s a method I use with coaching clients almost every single day.
We don’t have to change everything all at once. Rome wasn’t built in a day and our behaviours aren’t going to change overnight. All we have to do is pick something we’re doing really well already and do it a little bit more often and a little bit better.
Everyone knows they should probably be eating more vegetables. So, instead of worrying about whether you’re getting exactly 1 gram of protein/lb of bodyweight (a common recommendation), maybe let’s try getting a handful of vegetables with all of your meals first and doing that a little bit more each week?
Or maybe you think you should be eating out less often and preparing more meals at home. Cool – Instead of worrying about complicated calorie calculations, how about figuring out how many meals you ate out last week and trying to reduce it a little bit this week?
Let’s say you went out for lunch every day last week. Let’s try bringing your lunch with you twice this week. If you manage to do more, great, but as long we you bring your lunch with you twice we’ll call that a win. Sound good? Awesome. What’s the best food to bring for lunch? At this point, it doesn’t matter as long as you prepare it at home and bring it with you. We can worry about what’s in your lunch later.
A little bit more, a little bit better. That’s all it takes to start to see noticeable differences in your the way you look or the way you feel.
Practice that consistently, every week for a year and you’ll be amazed at the progress you can make.
Is it as cool sounding as “losing 27 lbs in 14 days with this magic mushroom I discovered in the Amazon jungle”?
No, not really, but I promise you’ll be much happier with the results.