As the holidays come to an end many of us find ourselves in front of the mirror judging our body. We promise ourselves we are going to pull our act together and “go on a diet” or “start eating more clean”. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to improve our body composition sometimes this can cause us to lose track of our actual priorities. In this The Progrm Weekly we want to guide you into determining the right approach to achieve your aesthetic🔥 goals without sacrificing health or performance.
Prioritize: ask yourself “what is most important to me?” Is it having great abs on the beach? Improving your Fran time? Maybe adding a couple kg to your 1RM? Or yet again gaining some extra muscle mass? The main point of focus that we want you to take home here is that you will need to be willing to sacrifice in other areas of training or aesthetics in order to achieve what is most important to you. Here’s a straightforward example: when you’re in a calorie deficit you will lose fat and get leaner. But it will also mean less energy in the gym and less fuel to recover which ultimately leads to worsened performance. You will need to ask yourself if this compromise is worth it based on what YOU want.
Educate yourself: at The Progrm there aren’t many things we value as much as knowledge and education. We want to provide our athletes programming that is science based and we wish to see you approach your diet in the same manner. Just as you can find plenty of disinformation out on the web we believe there are some great resources to help you understand how the relationship between food and our body works. And to prove our point here are some of our favorite books, influencers and other resources that we believe can provide you with useful knowledge to improve your nutrition.
IG accounts: @wodscience @biolayne @mike_m2pn
Books: – The Everything Guide to Macronutrients
–Essential Sports Nutrition
Podcast: BIN Radio
One step at a time: changing how your body looks takes time especially when done in a healthy and sustainable way. For rookies especially it can be helpful to not go all out from the start but instead take small steps towards a bigger change in nutrition habits. You could start off with the goal of incorporating fruits and veggies at every meal or drinking at least 2 liters of water a day. Once they’re a habit focus on more complex tasks like tracking your intake. Don’t forget to be patient, change takes time and if you try to rush your results you’ll only get discouraged and quit too soon.