Yesterday, I was running outside as the sun sat (beautiful time of day to run btw). I got super in the zone: stride was fast, music was blasting, and my thoughts were clear...And I realized that there was something I did last summer that helped me lose 15 pounds that I haven’t mentioned yet. It wasn’t physical or dietary...it was mental.
This past summer (May 1 to October 1 2019) I focused on caloric deficit & increasing my calorie expenditure. But I also subconsciously focused on something else: AN END DATE!!!
It was important to me that I didn’t diet for longer than 6 months. I know the effects dieting has on the metabolism (less strength, cravings, bad mood, plateaus, etc) and I wanted to avoid any metabolic slow-downs.
I knew I wanted to start reverse dieting at the start of October. I knew the holidays would be hectic so I wanted to back off the diet and slide into maintenance mode [More food, less cardio. Isn't that what we all dream of?]
This feeling of knowing that I only had a few months to reach my goal kept me on track everyday last summer.
Did I want to hustle hard for 6 months, or dilly dally and half-ass it for 12 months? The answer was clear.
So for those 6 months I worked my butt off because I knew there was an end date. The idea of dieting & working super hard forever wasn’t bogging me down - I had a plan - and I hope you do too.
I think an end date is so important when it comes to weight loss. Map out your year in phases: diet, reverse diet, maintenance, and if you want, a muscle-building phase.
Your year could look like this:
Jan-May: weight loss focus May-July: reverse diet July-October: maintenance October-Jan: muscle building
So take a moment today and think about when your weight loss phase is going to end. Not only for your metabolism’s sake, but also for your mental health.
Results happen best in phases. Remember that🔥.
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