How to "Shock the System" to Induce Change
It's important to note that you certainly don't need to do all of these things to create change. One or two of these tips done consistently should be enough!
1. Pick a meal to "tighten up." Be sure to do it every day. What do we mean by tighten up? We mean make it as healthy as you can. Most people find that breakfast is the easiest meal to do this. Be sure your breakfast contains some good quality protein and healthy fats to give you staying power. An omelette made with spinach is a great choice, as is greek yogurt with fruit.
2. Increase the amount of time and/or intensity of your current exercise routine. If you are stuck in a rut, by definition you must change something. A new class or workout buddy may be just what you need to shake things up. Doing the same workout over and over will not allow you to progress in your fitness over time.
3. Get to bed earlier. The closer you can get to 8 hours of sleep, the better you will perform during your workouts, and the better control you will have when it comes to making good food choices. When your body is asking for sugar, it just may need sleep! Never underestimate the power of sleep.
4. Limit alcohol and sugar. Both of these substances increase your caloric intake and can lead to additional poor food choices, in addition to causing fatigue and lethargic performances during your workout. They can also make you sick when taken to excess. Remember, it doesn't have to be forever, but take note of how you feel when you cut back.