Sticking to a nutrition plan is something most people have tried to do and failed at. I had so much trouble with it when I first got started. The motivation to do so was there, but for some reason it was “too difficult” in my mind to stick to the plan. Over the years I have analyzed my own inability to stick to a plan. I have looked at what has changed for me now where I am sticking consistently to a plan and I have compiled the following points for others to learn from.
A Nutrition Plan that is Too Strict
When a nutrition plan is too strict we tend not to stick to it. At first we get on board because we are excited about our goals, but over time we lose interest. I strongly believe that anything that is too rigid is bound to fail for the majority of people. Yes, there are those who, with extreme discipline, can keep to a rigid plan, but that's not the majority. I wonder sometimes if this is because of our natural instinct to fight against authority, but I have definitely found this to be an issue with my own nutrition plan.
The Need for Flexibility
Most of us are not professional bodybuilders. We don't make money from our body being in phenomenal shape. As a result, we need some flexibility built into our nutrition plan. Life happens. There are going to be birthday parties and the such that will put us in a position where we either partake of some less than healthy food or we come off as distant to our friends and family. I have personally embraced the IIFYM (if it fits your macros) approach to this. It is a take off on flexible dieting that really works.
Changing Everything At Once
As with any major life change, I believe trying to change everything at once is a recipe for failure. If you want to be successful, make small, but consistent changes to your situation. If you never eat right, aim for eating well Monday through Friday. Once you see consistency in this area you can add another day. Eventually you will be up to all 7 days. The goal is to eat healthy at least 80% of the time. Take it easy. You didn't get to where you are overnight and you won't get to the new spot overnight either. Progress in the right direction is still positive progress. Stick it out.
Failing to plan is the same as planning to fail. Make sure to have a plan for what you are going to eat each day. Hit the grocery store and make sure to purchase good foods that fit your plan. By having these readily available you will change your entire life for the better.
Nothing feels better than sticking to your nutrition plan. It is mentally satisfying. It makes you feel strong. Give these tips a try and see what happens.