Any kind of goal planning and execution can be difficult. It's not the sexiest of activities. It's not fun to do. It doesn't provide a shot of instant gratification.
At this point in your paleo lifestyle you understand that dietary fat is not as bad as you've been lead to believe. You know that processed carbohydrates are really to blame for the obesity epidemic. I'm assuming you understand that sitting on your butt all day long does not lead to excellent health and increased longevity.
In other words, you have the basics down. You know what to do. The big challenge is closing the "knowing doing" gap.
The 3-Step Process to Achieving Health and Fitness Goals
At this point you need to take all the excellent knowledge you have and translate it into a plan of action. Once you have a plan of action all you have to do is execute.
I'm simplifying the process a little bit but it boils down to these three steps:
1. Decide what you want and why you want it. Do you really want it? What's the emotional and physical payoff you get from achieving your goal?
2. Acquire knowledge about how to do it and construct your plan. Modeling other people is the best way to get the knowledge you're after. This is what books and courses allow you to do. Study people who have gotten the results you're after.
3. Execute your plan until the goal is achieved. You can make changes to the plan along the way but you should only change one thing at a time and test the results you get.
This three step process can be used to achieve a goal in any area of your life. If you find that you're having a hard time achieving your goal then you can troubleshoot this process by looking at each step and asking yourself if there is a problem.
Are you missing key information? Did you misunderstand a key strategy? Are you modeling someone that has a different goal than you do? Are you consistantly taking action? Are you giving yourself the best possible chance of success or are you cheating yourself?
Planning Your Nutrition Can't Be Avoided
There is no debate about how important the role of good nutrition is in achieving good health and a physique you can be proud of. It is the crucial piece of the puzzle that will give you 90% of the results, good or bad.
There's great news for you if you want to be healthy. You get to decide what you eat. It's your choice. Normally, most debate and arguments about nutrition come in the form of how many calories to eat, what percentage of macros to eat and what supplements to take.
Guess what? More great news! The science has been done and people have been achieving great results for a long time. Even before the paleo diet was a popular search term.
Do some research and look at how old school bodybuilders achieved awesome physiques. You could also research people who have experienced life changing transformations and managaged to keep themselves healthy long after the "diet" was over. Look at how people who rely on their physiques to make a living execute their diet and exercise plan.
I'll save you some time. I read this type of information daily. Even information that is on non-paleo sites. Gasp!
The unifying thread is that all of these people follow a nutrition plan that resembles a paleo diet at some level.
--They reduce processed carbohydrates or, in most cases, cut them out entirely.
--They focus on eating whole foods in their natural state.
--They are not afraid to eat good fats.
--They increase their intake of vegetables, especially green leafy ones.
--They eat enough protein to build and maintain muscle tissue.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
These people strive to live a healthy lifestyle and have established other lifestyle habits that round out their diet and exercise. This doesn't happen by accident. It takes a tremendous amount of planning and execution to get great results. They think about this stuff every day.
Plan for Success In These 3 Key Areas of Life
There are three big areas that you have to have a plan for.
3. Emotional Well-Being (managing stress, spritual,mental health, etc.)
If you want to have the biggest impact on your health and fitness you can start by planning your food. Healthy bodies are built in the kitchen. [Tweet This]
And I have even more great news! Planning your meals does not need to be hard. In fact, it can be easy and fun!
How can this be? Simple. Use PrimalPal to plan your paleo meals. It is the easiest to use paleo meal planner around. You can customize your own paleo meal plan in minutes.
If you're trying to lose weight you can choose from an ever-expanding database of paleo recipes that are high in protein and good fats. When you're starting out make sure that at least 90% of your meals in a given week fit the high protein and good fats category. The even better news is that a majority of paleo recipes fit the bill. This makes your planning even easier.
PrimalPal allows you to easily search for your favorite protein source and find hundreds of recipes that will satisfy any craving you have. Use the drag n' drop meal planner to create your paleo meal plan and then print off your consolidated shopping list.
All you have left to do is to go to the store, buy the ingredients on your list and make delicious meals that the whole family will love.
If you have decided that you want to be healthy, energetic and fit. If you really want it bad. If you've decided that you're going to live a paleo lifestyle to achieve the result then you should use PrimalPal to help you make the nutrition planning easy. Planning your meals can't be avoided so why not make it as easy and fun as possible?