Personal trainer Emmet Rushe tells us why January is a 'heartless b*itch' that brings unrealistic expectations - and how to combat them.
January dieting usually follows a very similar trend around the world.
- Let’s lose ALL THE WEIGHT…..
- When do we want to lose it?
- THE 1ST 2 WEEKS IN JANUARY OR WE WILL SEE IT AS AN UNEQUIVOCAL FAILURE……..
- How are we going to lose it?
- EAT NOTHING BUT SALADS AND PLAIN CHICKEN AND DRINK NOTHING BUT WATER AND MAYBE GREEN TEA.
- How long will this last?
- ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE WE ALL CRACK UP AND BINGE THE SHIT OUT OF THE LEFT-OVER TUBS OF QUALITY STREET.
Ah, January, you, heartless bitch.
Why can’t you live up to our expectations????
It’s simple, because your expectations are unrealistic.
You cannot go from the excess of Christmas to a diet that would kill a monk and expect it to see you through until the summer.
It is unrealistic and in most cases, the restriction that you are putting on yourself means that it just won’t last.
So instead of trying to quit everything at once, why not try and ease yourself into 2018 and allow a bit of flexibility in your diet.
Eat good, nutritious foods 80% of the time, and allow some room for things you like.
If you think about it, the average calorie intake over Christmas is between 4000 and 5000 calories per day.
So, if you were to drop 2 weeks of this down to around 1200-1500, you will lose weight, but the severe drop in calories will mean you won’t be likely to sustain it.
Also, the food you were eating over Christmas tasted great and you ate a lot of it, and now you expect to go straight to plain foods, water and salads?
You could also try all the pills and potions, wraps, cleanses and detoxes and they will promise you anything, so you will part with your hard-earned money, unfortunately they ALWAYS fail to deliver on their promises and you will be back to square one.
There is a reason that most New Year’s resolutions don’t make it out of January and those reasons are above.
Weight loss is not difficult, and it doesn’t have to be.
- Create a calorie deficit
- Eat protein with each meal
- Get most of your carbs from fruit and veg
- Don’t eliminate any food unnecessarily
- Drink water with each meal
- Exercise 3+ hours per week and be active in-between.
People tend to think that it is more difficult than that and you must be in pain or hardship in order to get results.
Thankfully you don’t.
If you don’t know how you would put this together to suit you, we teach you this in our NEW LEAN IN 2018 program.
We had numerous members lose over 3 stone in 2017 and they now know how to keep it off.
If you want to know how to make a real difference in 2018, have a look at our Letterkenny gym plan where you can train with us in our Fully equipped and modern gym.
Or if you can’t make it to the gym due to having a busy job or life, then our LADIES ONLY online plan that you can do from home might suit you better.
Both are laid out exactly as I have described above and if you look at our success stories and testimonials, you will see that it works.
If you want to make a real difference to your weight and health this January, drop me a message and we can make 2018 your year.