13 Aug 4 Tips From My Most Successful Clients
One of the greatest things about life is that we never stop learning. Even when you think you know everything about a topic, when you think you’re the expert, someone or something will surprise you. It happens to me all the time.
As a nutritionist, my job is to pay attention to what my clients are doing; how often they are exercising and what they are eating. It’s the only way I can help them achieve their fitness goals.
But when I group my most successful clients together and take a look at their habits, there are some very definite patterns.
So without further ado, here are the habits of my most successful clients. Feel free to adopt any or all of them!
1. Turn off the TV.
Did you know that for every minute you watch television, you’re increasing your body fat percentage? Okay, well not literally. That would be something, wouldn’t it? But a recent study found that when people cut their TV viewing in half, they burned an additional 120 calories per day. That’s more than 800 calories at the end of the week – the equivalent of walking an extra eight miles!
According to the study, it didn’t even matter what you did with your extra time. Some people walked their dogs, others did dishes, and some played with their kids.
2. Wear a pedometer all weekend.
On the weekend, aim for 10,000 steps each day. You don’t have to go to the gym or even set aside time for a walk. Just move around more often. Even pushing a vacuum around the house counts toward your workout (not my favorite form of activity for obvious reasons :)).
3. Plan your workouts in advance.
Lay out your clothes (I’m still working on this one) pack a gym bag and set your alarm early. It doesn’t have to be a long workout. You may even just spend 15 minutes on a treadmill, but you’re setting a plan and following through. You’ve already made it through the hardest part.
4. Prep a few days of food on Sunday.
Here’s my routine: I food shop on Saturday and spend about 45 minutes on Sunday prepping snacks/meals for the week.
On Sunday I do the following:
- Hard-boil eggs
- Grill a pound two of chicken sausage
- Clean and chop veggies
- Prep ingredients for my green smoothie and place in Ziploc bags (here’s the proof and the recipe!)