If one more person comes to me with a new diet or fitness fad and asks me if I’ve heard of it, I think I’m going to bang my head on a table.

Boys and girls, this is life, it’s here to stay. It’s not a fad, it’s forever. So stop thinking that the latest trend, which is very often simply a marketing ploy, is the answer you’re looking for. It’s always easy to tell you that there is one thing that you are currently not doing to be the secret ingredient to your success.

The biggest offender here is nutrition or as most people like to say ‘DIET’. People are always trying out the latest craze or secret supplement to make you lose 1 stone in 2 days… So let’s talk about nutrition to start with.

I know it’s nearly Christmas time. We all love to spend time with family and friends over the Christmas period, and we all indulge in a little too much festive food and other things and that’s okay, but how do you make sure that you are burning off at least some of the extra calories? (Contrary to popular belief, calories actually count at Christmas too)!

There is one simple rule. Just move!

Don’t worry if you don’t stick to your program or if you don’t beat your personal best. Just make sure you’re moving. NWK is open all week to get your fitness in!

When it comes to nutrition, people often tell me their goal is “to look and feel better”, and I think that’s a great starting point, but let’s take it one step further, and say what you really want is to “look good naked”. We all know that if you feel great without your clothes on in front of the mirror, you are well on your way to looking and feeling better.

What we also all know is what a huge part eating plays in this. OK, so your buddy or your sister may have lost 5 kg from the latest fad diet in the last week, and yes, their skin might look flawless all of a sudden, but how long can they live on essentially next-to-nothing?

So, what’s the answer?

Let me tell you something. There are a few billion people in the world and every single one of us is different. What works for you may not work for me and vice versa.

The problem is that people feel its all or nothing scenario. When one person loses weight and one person doesn’t, they believe it’s not working and stop all together.

What I would like to encourage you to do is:

1. Figure out your goals. What do they look like? Do you want to feel more confident in your own skin? Is it to be able to do your first pull up?

2. Once you have these down, figure out what eating plan will help you to smash them. Of course, you’ll need to put some simple measures in place. Then track yourself in some shape or form. Note if your losing weight or losing inches. Maybe also track on how well your eating habits are reflecting how your body is feeling and performance in training because we need to train properly if you want to get the results right.

Now you have given me the chance to give you a little rationale behind why I don’t spend my entire day reading up on the latest fads when it comes to diet, I’d like to ask that you do the same.

Instead, stay cool, have your goals clearly set and be relentless in getting closer to them day by day with an approach to your diet that works for you.

The Easy Steps:

  1. Eat normal food
  2. Eat quality food
  3. Eat vegetables and plant-based food
  4. Eat 3-5 times a day
  5. Drink plenty of water