How can you avoid diet self-sabotage? Are you destroying all your weight loss efforts without even realizing it?
As a Coach, I have heard every excuse as to why clients fall off the meal plan wagon. But thankfully, I have a solution for just about every scenario they face. Life isn’t perfect and we are often faced with less than ideal situations when we are thrown a curveball.
Destroying (𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝓀𝒾𝓃𝒹) your meal prep
First and foremost, I cannot emphasize enough how important meal prep is. I suggest cooking your proteins in bulk. For example, chicken on the grill is fast and super healthy with minimal cleanup. Portion your meat either in separate containers or in together and freeze what you won’t be eating in 3 days. To make it even easier, keep a bag of pre-cooked frozen chicken on hand. Defrost. Boom. A meal.
I prefer fresh veggies, but I always keep a bulk bag in the freezer for a quick grab and go meal or snack. Fruit, nuts, and tuna and/or salmon packs are great also because they do not need to stay cold.
When food is prepped, you are far less likely to reach for junk food or fast food. Have a homemade, macro-friendly frozen meal easily accessible so you can just pop them in the microwave anytime.
Destroying (𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝓀𝒾𝓃𝒹) Your Social Life
Often times people struggle with socializing with friends or family for fear of caving to peer pressure from friends. Try to remember that you are there to spend time with your people and socializing should be the priority. If you are nervous why not share with your friends beforehand of your goals. They most likely will be less apt to pressure you to share the nachos or pitchers of margaritas.
Destroying (𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝓀𝒾𝓃𝒹) the Menu
Choose wisely off the menu. Opt for a burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. A side salad over fries. I have yet to see a restaurant where I can’t
order clean food. Don’t be afraid to ask and be specific, and always be extra generous and kind to your waitress.
If you feel like a cocktail, try vodka with soda and lemon. Keep it responsible by setting a two-drink max. You could also order a club soda with lemon or unsweetened tea. No one but you will know it’s not a fun adult beverage, and with all the money you save you could buy that workout tank or new unicorn flavor protein you have been wanting to try! Wouldn’t that be a great reward for following your guidelines?
Destroying (𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝒹 𝓀𝒾𝓃𝒹) your Travel Plans
Traveling and being out of your normal eating routine can not only mess with your schedule but also the amount of food at one sitting. If you are a structured eater, this can be stressful. One thing you must do is always get your water in no matter what. Here are some more helpful ways to make your travels enjoyable and less stressful.
- Pack what you can. Tuna packs, fruit, nuts, protein powder and protein bars are great ideas to throw in your bag. Most places have a fridge and a microwave. Take advantage of the ice from the soda machines in gas stations. They may charge you but it is well worth it to keep from having your food spoil.
- Convenience stores have a ton of options nowadays also. From Kind Bars, and ready-to-drink shakes in the refrigerators to hard-boiled eggs, jerky, and nuts.
- Fast food restaurant salads are a little pricey but will still keep you reaching your goals.
The worst thing you can do is just say **** it and use any obstacle that gets in your way to ditch your clean living lifestyle. If you have friends and family on board and respectful of your goals, ask them to help you
stick to it. After all, it takes a village sometimes. Pick that village wisely and you may just help inspire someone else to make good changes with you.
Tammy Patnode is an IFBB pro physique competitor and NPC judge. She is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She offers contest prep, general training and weight loss programs for men and women that are customized for each client.
Tammy is one of our exclusive HerSUPPZ BRAND AMBASSADORS!
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