Consistency brings better results, plain and simple
October 10, 2018
For us, today, we are talking about a treatment or behavior that is something you can stick to over a long period of time that will help you get better results in your health and fitness--- increasing your overall wellness and longevity.
Being consistent is by far the most important thing when it comes to your health and wellness goals. Whether you want to get stronger, leaner, more fit or healthier… no matter what area, consistency is going to be the number one thing that helps you achieve your goals in that area. You can apply this concept to any area of your life, too. No matter what the goal, consistent action toward your goal will allow you to achieve it faster and with better results.
Let’s look at how consistency works for you with your nutrition. There are lots of nutritional approaches out there, and many argue that theirs is the most beneficial. They disagree about whether being a vegetarian, counting points, the keto diet, the Adkins diet, no carbs, low carbs, or all paleo is what’s best for you. I’m not going to tell you that one of the above is better than the other, but I will tell you the one you’ll have the most success with is the one you can consistently stick to over time in order to achieve optimal body composition.
Now, consider that for a second, and how it applies to your own nutrition. None of the diets I mentioned above have anything inherently wrong with them, so long as they are getting you closer to your wellness goals. Where they do become problematic is when people jump from one to the next, hoping for better results. If you are hopping from one nutritional strategy to the next, and not being consistent with any of them, it will be harder to get results. Above all else, to get the best results with body composition, it is important that you remain consistent with your nutrition.
A consistent nutritional practice, however, spread over the course of one year, two years, three years and so on, will get you better results that going on a ‘diet,’ rebounding off that diet and maybe even gaining back more than you weighed before you started, so trying a new diet… and so on. Instead of bouncing in and out of a new diet every six months, consider a plan that includes a slight calorie deficit, the right amount of protein, flexibility with carbs and fats, mainly whole foods, optimal hydration and maybe the 80/20 approach… allowing yourself one or two meals a week where you can have whatever you want. Using that as a consistent approach over the course of a year or more will greatly increase your chances of reaching your body composition goals. Continuing that as a lifestyle will also allow you to maintain once you hit your target.
That is a much more reasonable, maintainable, approach to nutrition rather than jumping in and out of a ‘diet.’