Nutrition is the number one sticking point for most people.
When to eat, what to eat, what not to eat and how much to eat.
The good news is actually it's pretty simple and it all comes down to energy balance and macronutrients.
The bad news it can be difficult to apply this simple theory.
The majority of diets people follow don't work. I am going to take that one step further and say none of them work when you look at what people want to achieve and how they want to do it.
We all want to get in and be in shape but we don't want it to be miserable and restrictive in getting there.
Looking fit, being healthy and feeling happy are good measures of success, not just looking good at all costs.
So ditch the diets and focus on these three key things to make your goals not just achievable but inevitable.
Get calories right for your goals
This covers the two key starting points. What are your goals and what do you need to get you there.
Calorie in vs calories out matters more than anything for fat loss.
Achieve a calorie deficit and you will lose weight regardless of what you eat.
Achieve a good macro breakdown with high protein within your deficit and you'll be amazed at the progress.
For adding weight you need to achieve a calorie surplus. Just make sure within your calories protein levels are high to help add muscle rather than fat.
If you believe it will take a drastic diet to get you where you want to be then this point proves the opposite is true.
Balance your energy right and you don't need to go hungry or just eating boring foods.
Don't go drastic
Drastic diets for fat loss and weight gain never seem to stop cropping up. The reason is they make company's and individuals money selling them.
We are often mislead into thinking we need far less calories than is true for fat loss or that we need to cut food groups, go paleo or fast to lose weight.
Well, we don't.
If you have cut carbs to lose weight or tried meal replacements to change shape and been unsuccessful then I feel for you.
It isn't your fault.
Take back control of your food with a balanced and healthy approach without the drastic changes, restrictions or boredom.
Use a mild calorie deficit so you don't feel hungry and achieve more long lasting results than ever before.
If you are looking to gain weight, don't eat 10k calories a day. Your not The Rock.
Eat a slight surplus and train with good intensity to ensure your gains are the right kind of gains.
Lastly find balance. I think points one and two prove that the traditional diet approach is completely outdated.
You can still eat out, you can still enjoy carbs, you can eat with your family, eat at normal times and enjoy it all.
Don't make it a big deal, just get organised with your calories, flex your will power and get started right away.
I look forward to seeing your progress and that smile on your face whilst your eating a club sandwich.