Being prepared for anything in life is something that would help us all be successful at whatever our goals or intentions are. For fitness and nutrition however, it is crucial. Preparing your meals for days at a time or at least for the day ahead will improve your overall goals greatly. Personally, I see a lot of people including some clients when they first start on my programs fall short of being prepared. There can be all kinds of reasons to miss a meal, forget your supplements for pre or post workout or not have anything ready for your next meal. These types of mistakes that may seem small but are actually highly important and can cause the metabolism to slow down, spike insulin at incorrect times, send the body into an anabolic state and store/deplete glycogen levels incorrectly to name a few.
* Prep your meals for 2-3 days at a time
* Plan out your meals with correct macronutrients in alignment to your plan
* Plan your meals around your day
* Don’t know when you will be home? Bring meals to make sure you’re eating every 2.5-3 hours.
When you have a plan or goal, it is very important to stay consistent with the process. Another problem that I see a lot is sneaking in things that aren’t in the plan or having an extra oz. of protein because you are hungrier that day. These little adjustments make a big difference in results. The only way to see what works for you is to have a plan and stick to it. Find a common ground! Without consistency finding a base can be very difficult because your weight will fluctuate very easily. To me, the most important aspect that I encourage my clients to do is to establish some sort of baseline and then adjust accordingly to their goals or requirements.
* Take two weeks and stay on plan! Establish your baseline!
* Don’t add extra foods or change your plan
* Don’t switch up cardiovascular activity. Keep it simple and steady
* Don’t take unnecessary days off from the gym
Last on the list but by no means is less important is focus. Without focus, preparation and consistency will not exist. Keep in mind that you’re setting goals for a reason. For the most part they are not easy and take much time, energy and most of all, FOCUS. Don’t lose sight of what you want and stay motivated! Stay ahead of the game and plan for your success. If you’re in the kitchen, focus on what your body needs to be fueled, what it will need to recover and what it will need to grow or lose. If you’re in the gym, focus on every rep for every set. Don’t sell yourself short or give up when it gets tough. When you start to feel like giving up in the gym, that’s when it counts. Break through barriers and vision the outcome.
Preparation, consistency and focus… These three key elements will help you be successful not only in the gym but out of the gym as well.
Set goals, work hard and never lose sight of the outcome.