After Completing a fitness goal such as a wedding or competition it can be a mental challenge to keep that mindset going to prevent yourself from going backwards. I provide myself and clients with maintenance nutrition and workout plans to follow and maintain momentum in a fitness routine. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to stay in a routine instead of “taking a break” This can cause a downward slope in which you can rapidly gain weight, eat unhealthy, and become very upset. Not to mention, it is very hard on your body. Keeping yourself going with weights cardio, and a monitored eating schedule will keep your metabolism high and is the best time to build muscle and get stronger as well as burn fat. I can show you how to slow down your pace after an intense program, but still make progress in the right direction and keep making progress. Balancing your carbs, fat, and proteins can be tricky, but it also can be very simple once you get the hang of it. It may take some falling down a few times before you get the hang of it, but just be patient with yourself and try again.
A key component in this is to make sure you are including protein in each meal such as chicken, greek yogurt, fat free cottage cheese, lean red meat, fish, turkey, and eggs, Another key component to this is your timing. Instead of eating 3 large meals a day, try eating smaller meals every 3 hours and try to stay between 6-7 meals a day. Sounds like a lot, I know, but when adding in a cardio and training routine with it, you will be hungry within a few weeks!!!! You might have to do some “mental work” right away, but you will be thankful you did once you start feeling and seeing the changes. Just be consistent with yourself!!! If you are looking to do a competition for the first time, this is a great place to start first to get yourself in the routine and habits before jumping into a strict regimen right away. This will prevent you ending up in the same or a more difficult place later