Getting to grips with a new diet when first starting a body transformation can be tough.
Calorie targets, macronutrients, protein goals, meal prep – it can feel like you will never get on top of it.
So many successful UP clients were in the same position when they started out on their own transformation journeys.
Seven UP Clients share their best tips that first helped them master their diets and make exceptional transformations.
1. ‘The first few weeks may be tough, but you will feel so much better’ – Paul, Ultimate Performance Sydney.
I always kept my end goal in sight. I also reminded myself that I wasn’t satisfied with my body and that wasn’t going to change unless I made challenging sacrifices.
The first two weeks were particularly challenging as I adjusted to the stringency of the diet, coupled with the gruelling workout regime, however, it gradually became easier and my body was responding well.
Surprisingly, I had more energy without carbohydrates and I felt significantly less tired and fatigued throughout the day.
2. ‘Find easy go-to meals with lots of variation’ – Jennifer, Ultimate Performance Mayfair.
Find easy go-to recipes which take no time and no thought to put together but can easily be varied.
Omelettes are quick, easy and have limitless variations. Stir fries are versatile too – you can change up the protein, swap around fats (eggs or oils) and it feels like you’ve got a wide variety of cheap and easy meals without too much monotony to stop you getting bored.
Also, pre-portion everything into the correct quantities and weights before freezing so you can quickly grab what needs defrosting in the morning, and when you get in from work you don’t have to faff about with the scales.
Although it works for some, I didn’t try to batch cook big meals as I found this too stressful and invariably didn’t want to eat three-day-old food with soggy veg. Instead, I would cook double portions the night before and take leftovers to work the next day.
Life-savers for me were garlic butter, Diet Coke and Little’s chocolate hazelnut-flavoured coffee.
3. ‘Removing temptation from your kitchen cupboards keeps you on track’ – Nathan, Ultimate Performance Manchester.
I didn’t find the diet that difficult to be honest. My way of dealing with it was to empty my cupboards of anything that wasn’t on the meal plan to avoid temptation.
4.‘Find healthy substitutes you can look forward to that fit your diet plan’ – David, Ultimate Performance Dubai.
My trainer, Jaie, made my diet very simple, so the ‘preparation’ side of the nutrition plan was relatively easy.
The hardest part of getting to grips with the diet was the mental aspect. When starting out, I found my temptation levels were at their highest!
However, I also found logging all aspects of my body composition, bodyweight, photos, and caliper measurements as often as possible, kept me on the straight and narrow. Seeing regular (at times daily) and measurable progress spurred me through the difficult mental challenges.
Whilst measuring the above really helped. The absolute secret weapon of my nutrition plan, without a shadow of a doubt was my everyday love of 0% fat Greek yoghurt! High in protein and low in calories – add some frozen berries and cinnamon and you have yourself a bowl of ‘ice cream’ (if you close your eyes and think hard enough).
I looked at it this way ‘no matter how tempted I was throughout the day, I had a bowl of ice cream as my little reward for sticking to the plan!”
5. ‘Trust the process, be accountable and let the results be your motivation’ – Ernesztina, Ultimate Performance Singapore.
Getting to grips with my diet was not easy, but I fully trusted my UP trainer and I always remembered that I wanted to look good and my training results would largely be determined by the food that I ate.
The way that UP approached my transformation by continuously monitoring my diet kept me accountable and on track, and I think this was the key to my success.
If you keep a strict diet, the results come within a very short time, which gives you motivation to continue it as hard as you can. It is not a very complicated thing, you just have to believe that ‘you are what you eat’ and will basically determine how you look.
My tip to people in the same situation is to always remember that if you want to look good, 80% of your results are determined by the food that you eat.
6.’Keep your diet simple’ – Shapla, Ultimate Performance, London City.
Keeping things simple really works. I worked from a meal plan initially, and then when I got used to eating in that way, I started to add in foods that I enjoy, but in the right amounts.
Having the base of the meal plan meant that if I wanted to add in food I enjoyed, I only had to make small changes instead of wondering what to eat every day.
7. Find a good quality food supplier to get all your body transformation diet essentials’ – Massimo, Ultimate Performance Hong Kong Central.
When I realised that I had to change my dietary habits in order to get the results I wanted, I started to look for the best supplies.
So during the first couple of weeks of my new diet I tried some different suppliers of poultry, eggs, and vegetables until I identified the best quality ones that were the most convenient that I could buy in bulk.
This helped me a lot going through the new diet without “suffering”.
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