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Today I am going to share the 3 biggest diet mistakes that I have personally made within the past year
This is super timely because this past week I committed to starting a diet for the first time in a long time
But now that I feel mentally and physically ready to do this, I’m ready to share a little bit more of this journey
Alright – onto mistake NUMBER ONE
1-Stopping weightlifting when I feel “too big”
I’m embarrassed to say it, but earlier this year I took some time off weights because I was uncomfortable with my size.
Size is a subjective thing. Your comfort level will be different than my comfort level and at that point in my life I was “big” for me and “big” for my relatively narrow frame.
I felt like I was losing shape and just becoming blob-ish, so instead of lifting weights I switched to all high intensity cardio.
Not only was I sweating buckets and having to use excessive amounts of dry shampoo, but my shape was getting even more shapeless.
It was only when I started lifting heavy weights again that I started seeing the shape and definition I loved.
2-Trying to do it all at once / 0-100 real quick
When I first started weightlifting again, I was in such a huge rush.
When I saw small changes in definition within the first couple weeks, I got super excited and wanted to do all the cardio / all the exercises / and all the circuits at once.
Again, bad idea. I’d spend days at a time sore and stiff, to the point that I actually ended up training less because I jumped in too quickly.
3-“Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day”
This is one of my least favorite motivational quotes EVER.
We DO NOT – I repeat – DO NOT all have the same 24 hours in a day.
There are so many reasons why this statement is false.
What if you’re a shift worker with an irregular sleep cycle, you’re constantly tired, and you have to be “on” for your shift?
You can’t be pushing yourself to the absolute max before your shift or else you won’t be able to focus
After your shift – well – you could try that but by that point I’m gonna guess you’ll be pretty tired
I’m not saying it’s impossible – I’m just saying this is a lot different as compared to someone working a standard 9-5
From a diet standpoint…
People working sedentary desk jobs are going to have a tougher time dieting than people working more physical jobs
When you’re sitting all day, you’re burning a lot less calories and so in order to end up at a calorie deficit you’ll have to eat less
Not to mention the oh-so-sneaky break room donuts or snack drawers
What I’m getting at here is that you need to zero in on your unique starting point
And take steps that are practical for YOU
As exciting as it is to scroll Instagram or YouTube, watching people post about all the things they’re doing with their training and nutrition
You might not be ready to make a lot of these changes and that’s okay
What matters is that you START
And you focus on the small wins that are relevant to you
If you can stay focused on those small wins
And stay moving forward
That’s what will create the momentum to keep you going with this lifestyle
I posted about this on my Instagram, but I’d love to keep you in the loop as I continue this diet.
I’ll be keeping up with my regular videos, then just throwing one of these in per week. So if there’s something in particular you’d like me to talk about, then let me know in the comments below!!
Thank you for watching and I hope to see you in my next video!