One question I get on a regular basis is: will it always be this hard? Will every time you try to tighten the ship or get into even better shape be as hard as the first time? The answer is no, if you do the first time properly.
The time you start your journey is always hard because you have zero foundation in place. No education on training, nutrition, mindset, and no structure or lifestyle solutions to make it seamless. That’s why it can feel so restrictive at the beginning, because you are using a lot of bandwidth and thinking, trying to get it all done.
The good news is, if you do the first time properly, the second, third or fourth time is always exponentially easier. I know each time I’ve dieted for a competition or photoshoot, it’s been easier every time. Why? Because I’ve got the foundations in place. That means I can be flexible, eat more intuitively and not even think about what I’m doing – it just runs as a way of life.
This takes time, effort and lots and lots of learning about what works for you, and what doesn’t. There is always a pendulum you will swing on when you are on this journey – from feeling a bit restrictive, to feeling super flexible, to feeling overwhelmed and worried you might be obsessed, to then realising simplicity is king, and you can do this effortlessly, make progress, and reap all the rewards!
“Second diet is easier if you do the first one right.”
– Ed Pilkington
00:00 – Intro
02:50 – Intuitive eating and listening to body
05:10 – Changing the way you eat
08:50 – Why the second diet is easier
12:00 – Reward phase checklist
15:30 – Continuous calorie intake
18:25 – Food focus
19:54 – Commonalities of those who stay in shape
21:20 – Eating your preferred meals
25:25 – Improving nutrition education
28:00 – Being in control of your diet
31:10 – Understanding how the fundamentals work
32:30 – Wrap Up
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