So you have planned your diet, prepared your meals, have become more aware of the nature and quality of your diet for a while now. You have made progress, you have seen change but things have slowed down a bit and you are afraid of having reached a plateau. Do not panic. It happens to the best of us.
First, I would like to touch on some basic rules. These are very important to ensure progress. Consider these rules as commandments of the Bible. Read them again and again ....
Rule #1 - PATIENCE
Of all the famous clichés that exist, choose your favorite:
Good things come to those who wait.
Patience is a virtue.
It's a marathon, not a sprint.
Patience is golden path.
No matter how you say it, the results don't appear overnight, no matter how much you want it. Even if you repeat many times that you are doing the right thing according to the plan, the only thing I can tell you is GOOD JOB, now wait for it to happen.
Accept this now, the future will be better. All the other rules point to this one. So read it until you understand the word patience.
Rule #2 - ONE STEP AT THE TIME
See rule number 1, if you wonder why. Making multiple changes at once will often create more problems than progress. On the one hand, you will not know which variable has actually produced changes.
You miss a chance to benefit from the progression of a single modified variable. In addition, you could potentially go too far in your changes and face the consequences of altering your progress too early.
Rule #3 - GET THE MOST OUT OF THE MINIMUM
Don't make big drastic changes. You won't necessarily get results equivalent to the value of the change. Why go from 20 minutes of cardio directly to 1 hour ? You deprive yourself of the progress you could have obtained at thirty, forty, and fifty minutes.
Your body will become effective at the new task or workload, and will only adapt more quickly, thus leaving you as the only option to further increase the workload for creating new gains. Make small movements and leave yourself a little room for adaptation.
Written by Stephane Aube – HUNGRY FOR VICTORY