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5 reasons you can’t get in shape and stay in shape

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Getting in better physical condition is not easy but it is something that can be over complicated.

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Over my 10 plus years in this industry I have seen people make many mistakes and here are 5 I constantly see being repeated:

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1. Following a restrictive diet. The problem with cutting out certain food groups or foods from your diet is that it tends to be an unsustainable approach. The most common strategy is cutting carbs. Remember it’s not the carbs that make you put on fat, it’s the overall amount of calories you consume. Plus who can or wants to go without carbs for the long term!!


2. Weekday dieters. “Surely if I’m good on the weekdays I’ll get away with eating what I like at the weekends”. “Surely” is never enough to ensure you get the results you want. Eating in a calorie deficit can be difficult but easier during the weekdays when we have structure to our days. Eating in a massive calorie surplus is easy during the weekend when we don’t account for our nutrition intake. Meaning when we add up the 7 days we are no longer in a deficit, this is why you are either maintaining your body fat levels or gradually increasing.

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3. You don’t understand energy balance. “Surely I’ll lose fat if I just eat healthy”. There’s that word “surely” again, which can often mean wrong! You don’t need to eat healthy to lose fat, yes it is recommended you eat a healthy balanced diet but the fact of the matter is you can eat healthy food only and put on fat. To lose fat energy out must be greater than energy in, no matter what type of foods you eat.

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4. Seasonal dieting. You cannot stay in shape if you pick and choose when you want to take care of your training and nutrition. Yes you may have felt great going on that holiday, but how hard did you have to diet beforehand? How did you feel after a couple of days binging? How did you look physically and feel mentally in the weeks afterwards? How long did it take you to get the discipline back to look after your health again? If you implement a proper nutrition strategy all year round then it should never feel like you are “dieting” and yes you can get and stay in great condition.

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5. No structure to training. Do you step in the gym undecided of what exercises you will be doing or even what body parts you train? To get and stay in excellent condition you need and should have a sound training plan. You should also track exactly what you do in every single session to allow you to adjust and progress. Do not train aimlessly.

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If you have any questions I’m always happy to answer and discuss - DM - Eric.

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www.emfitnessnutrition.com


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