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The key to weight loss is bite-sized, according to the ‘Netflix of Fitness’ founder

The key to weight loss is bite-sized, according to the ‘Netflix of Fitness’ founder

The key to weight loss is bite-sized, according to the ‘Netflix of Fitness’ founder

Lexy Meyerson bodyandsoul.com.au

If you truly want to get fit, healthy and lose weight in 2018, these are the realistic steps you should be taking, according to an health industry insider. 

Photos: Instagram @lexy_meyerson

Are you guilty of setting completely un-achievable New Year’s resolutions? Does your 2018 list currently look like this?

  • No sugar
  • No takeaway meals
  • No alcohol
  • No gluten or dairy
  • No red meat
  • No carbs (or insert other food group or nutrient you choose to eliminate)
  • Exercise every day
  • Lose (insert unrealistic number) kilos
  • Complete four marathons (but you’ve never run more than 100m)

Have you already failed on the list you set for this year or does the smell of February coming up twist your stomach into knots and give you all sorts of anxiety because if you haven’t failed by now?

Surely by now you’re sick of failing the resolutions you set year after year because they were never realistic to begin with.

I’ve never really liked ‘resolutions’ although it took me 20 plus years of failing them to realise they didn’t serve me. The older I get, the savvier I get (or perhaps the more realistic I am with what I can and can’t achieve and what I’m prepared to endure to get there) and my preference for baby steps and bite-sized goals tends to fit in better with my lifestyle which consists of juggling three kids under seven, a hubby and a business.

Resolutions are also permanent and usually drastic changes you intend to make in your life – so this means if one of your resolutions is ‘no sugar’ that means absolutely no sugar for 365 days until 2019 rolls around. Doable? Possible but probably not. Resolutions are aggressive and often completely unachievable.

Rather than setting these huge resolutions that restrict you for a 12-month period that you have probably already set, it’s not too late to think about changing the way you view your plan for the year and the outcomes you want to achieve. If you’re setting most of these goals in order to get “the best body yet” perhaps you would have better success setting some smaller and measurable goals (stepping stones) in order to get there. This way you can track them over more regular time frames and ultimately you should end up in the same if not BETTER place in order to achieve your ultimate goal.

For example:

  • Limit takeaway to 1-2 times per week
  • Limit alcohol to 2 glasses once or twice per week
  • Train four times per week
  • Walk to and from work three days a week
  • Reduce red meat to once per week
  • Reduce sugar intake by skipping the sugar in your morning coffee
  • Swap out the sugary soft drinks for sparkling water with lemon or lime

You need to be willing to endure the journey it takes to achieve the goals you set for yourself. It’s one thing to want to have the “Best Body Yet” but can you really cut out sugar every day for the rest of the year, forego every single birthday, public holiday and social occasion with friends and family just to avoid alcohol and takeaway meals and are you really willing to push and punish yourself by exercising every single day without taking one single break? It’s highly unlikely.

The only difference between the goals or resolutions you achieve and those that you don’t is “are they realistic?”. Are you not only willing, but are you able to endure the process and the struggle to get there. Setting ourselves up for failure at the beginning of the year doesn’t really seem like a good idea, does it?

And what’s even better, taking smaller, more chew-able bites into our resolutions and goals is that when we achieve them, we are more confident and more positive the following year to take some more bites and keep chewing.

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Lexy Meyerson is a mum of three kids (6 years and under), a qualified personal trainer and the co-founder of Australia’s leading on-demand fitness streaming service, VARLAH.

If you are worried about your health, weight or diet, book an appointment with your GP who will be able to advise a correct treatment plan.


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