You have a difficult time staying consistent with your diet, exercise, or healthy lifestyle habits.
This is the motherlode of all problems. According to research, roughly 65% of women (and likely a lot more) struggle with staying consistent.
And it’s not like they’re complete exercise beginners.
Here’s what most women have tried before getting results with us:
- Weight Watchers
- MyFitnessPal and other calorie counters
- Jenny Craig and Curves
- Crossfit and other group workouts
- Popular diets like paleo, juice fasts, cleanses, and low-carb
- Workout books and magazine articles
Of course, these aren’t “bad” options. They end up working for some people. But eventually most of these methods and tools begin to break down and fail over time.
Why is that?
It’s because they’re surface solutions. They help solve a surface-level problem.
- Don’t have a place to exercise? Now you do.
- Want to track how many calories you eat? Here’s an app to download.
- What to know the “best” foods to eat? Read this article.
The only problem with surface-level solutions? They only work for a little while.
They don’t account for the ups and downs of everyday life. They don’t adapt to your life. And because of that, they don’t help you stay consistent.
What most women do when they fail to be consistent.
- Pick another surface solution to follow.
What you can do to be successful:
- Make yourself accountable to a program.
- Make yourself accountable to a person.
Make yourself accountable to a program.
Ideally, you want a program that covers a few bases:
- It’s been tested with lots of people (so you know it actually works).
- It’s customizable to your lifestyle (so you can stay consistent and do it even when you’re busy).
- It’s something you actually enjoy doing (who’s going to exercise if it’s not fun?).
- There’s something big and positive to shoot for (a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow).
The first three are incredibly important; they’re the cornerstone of a solid exercise and nutrition program. But the fourth one—having something big and positive to shoot for—is often overlooked.
In fact, most programs do the opposite: they make you feel guilty and bad for “slacking” or for not being a paragon of health and fitness. But we don’t need any more negativity in our lives, and we’re sure you don’t either.
So how do you know if a certain program will help keep you accountable?
After 15+ years in the fitness industry, we’ve determined the following four things are of the utmost importance:
- You need a way to measure your progress and track it on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
- You need to follow a structured plan, but still have room to move at your own speed when needed.
- You need a daily reminder to practice whichever nutrition, exercise, or lifestyle habit you’re currently working on.
- You need it to be customizable to your skill levels, goals, and how much time you have available.
Make yourself accountable to a person.
This tip isn’t for everyone but it can often make the difference between consistently getting great results or succumbing to the pressures of work, family, and social stress.
Personal accountability is more important than personal motivation for one simple reason: no one always feels motivated to go make healthy eating choices.
But if we’re accountable to another person, we’ll actually follow through with the healthy eating and exercise choices we need to look and feel great. And we’ll do it over and over again even when the going gets tough. (And the goingalways gets tough at some point.)
That’s why the women who’ve had the most success in changing their bodies made themselves accountable to another person.
It could be a friend or workout partner or a PUSH_ Trainer.
The important thing is that you make yourself accountable to somebody and get the help you need. You have a lot on your plate already; why not let someone else show you the way?