If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that one of your New Years resolutions is to get fit and lose weight. Every year, millions of people in Cardiff and the UK commit to achieving the same goal, but ultimately fail after just a few weeks of trying. Sound familiar? Well don’t feel too bad, because I’ve got some top tips that are going to help you stick to your new diet in 2015…

One of the main reasons why people fail to stick to their diets is because they try to cut too many things out at once. We are creatures of habit and instinctively we are resistant to change, as a result, it’s very hard to stick to a diet if you radically change all of your eating habits at once…

Like anything in life, it’s far easier to get a job done if it’s broken down into smaller stages. Have you heard of the expression “How do you eat an Elephant?”. Perhaps it’s not the best analogy considering this is an article explaining top tips for sticking to a new diet, but the principles are still the same! If you have the task of eating an Elephant, just looking at the scale of the animal would be enough to put you off. But if you could break the task down into smaller pieces and eat a little of the Elephant every day until it’s all gone, all of a sudden, the task doesn’t seem so bad. Sticking to a diet is exactly the same. Don’t try to change everything at once, make small changes often and you’ll find it much easier to transition into a healthier diet.

Did you know that up to 70% of your body shape is down to your nutrition and only 30% is down to how much exercise you do?

Here are just a few tips that I think will help you stay on track and achieve your fitness goals for 2015…

For a lot of people, it only takes a few adjustments to your eating habits, to start seeing some changes in your body shape. One tip that will help you, is looking at the nutritional values on the food labels of all the foods that you buy. It’s also important that you check the nutritional values of drinks, because you’d be surprised at how much sugar is put into them.

You’d be surprised at the difference it can make to your body shape and health if you can stay in the green part of the below chart…

How To Stick To Your New Diet

Over the next few weeks, I will give you further tips to help you monitor your calorie intake and I’ll also help you gain a better understanding of how food manufacturers are fooling you with all of their claims.

Fat Free Foods

One example of this is eating fat free products. You would naturally think that products like this would be a lot healthier… Right? Well not necessarily…

What they forget to mention is when they start reducing the fat in foods, it doesn’t taste so good, so they add more sugar to make it taste better. This adds a lot more calories to the food, which could make it even more fattening! You will be able to see this for yourself by comparing food labels…

Sainsbury’s Basic vs Taste the difference and Tesco Value v Tesco Finest

Did you know that the cheapest food is normally better for you, because the more expensive supermarket food items have more sugar in them, to make them taste better. We have become a society that has grown partial to having a sweet tooth and that’s why premium foods contain more sugar.

That’s why you can make a big difference to your calorie intake, just by looking at the food labels. You can also save money by buying the cheaper, healthier versions of food. Why not use the extra money that you’ve saved to buy healthier food or even a gym membership?

That’s it for me for now, but stay tuned for more weekly articles which will help you achieve your fitness goals in 2015.

Phillip Parker
Personal Trainer Cardiff

 

Written by Phillip Parker
Hi, I'm Phill, a Personal Trainer in Cardiff. I have over 10 years experience working in the Fitness industry and Personal Training is my passion. I love to help people improve their health, their fitness and their quality of life.