Recently I was away from the fitness world and got speaking to people who seemed very confused when it comes to healthy lifestyles.
The confusion has come from their “fitness friends”, magazines and influencers that all share a different opinion on how to get the perfect body.
Having tried various diets I’ve been able to understand what works and what doesn’t and live a pretty healthy life. It all boils down to one thing, but I’ll get to that later.
I follow some rules to allow me to keep a healthy lifestyle. So here is a list of 9 rules that could work for you too:
2-3 litres of water a day
Cook 90% of my meals on a low(ish) carb diet
Avoid packaged food such as cereal and ready to cook meals, pre-made sandwiches etc.
Avoid sugary drinks including fruit juice (orange, apple etc.)
Alcohol only 5-10 times per year (friends wedding and birthdays etc.)
3-6 coffees per week,
10% of food made up from the healthiest choice I am able to make
Almost never eat in fast food restaurants (maybe once in the last 5-10 years)
7-8 hours sleep daily
What it all boils down to
The biggest thing that I can’t emphasise enough is self-discipline. I don’t know how to teach it or write it up in a list. I’m black and white, I don’t like grey areas.
Everyone knows what the correct choice is. Should I be going into McDonald's or the healthy salad bar?
This video has some fantastic messages and is worth listening to.
Your goals don’t care about your feelings!
I don’t buy into the excuse that some people are genetically bigger than others, or they metabolise food differently. This usually comes from people who have a bad diet and life an unhealthy lifestyle.
While changing lifestyles can be difficult, don’t think of it as a quick fix. These things take patience, consistency, and discipline. No doubt the lifestyle you have now wasn’t the result of eating unhealthy for 3 months, its been years. It will take more than being healthy for 6 weeks to see the change.
I stick to the above list pretty consistently, it’s my lifestyle I that I choose to live by daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. It's not easy, it can feel like a grind at times, but when its all been said and done, I’m healthy, I’m happy.