Another interesting article from Precision Nutrition about a subject that we think a lot of people can relate to:
Many people exercise, eat well and know what they need to do — but still don’t look or feel the way they want. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, they’re probably just one or two steps away.
If you’re active and knowledgeable about health and fitness, but still aren’t quite in the shape you think you could be, you’re probably just missing one or two crucial pieces.
In this post by Precision Nutrition, Nate Green shares some insights:
The “missing link” to having your best body
Once you reach a certain level of knowledge and experience, the missing link is no longer a new workout program, the perfect diet, or a new supplement to try.
The one thing you’re missing is this: being accountable — to someone or something — for your workouts and nutrition.
“Accountability is the acknowledgment of responsibility for your actions with the obligation to report, explain, and be responsible for the resulting consequences.”
In other words, accountability keeps you consistent because you have to report back what you’re doing — or not doing — in the gym and in the kitchen to someone else.
In fact, accountability is more important than personal motivation for this simple reason: No one always feels motivated to go to the gym or eat healthy.
But if we have someone who’s checking up on us to see how things are going, we’ll get our butt in gear. Even if we don’t feel motivated in the moment.
We actually do the exercise — and eat the food — needed to look and feel great. And we do it over and over again, even when the going gets tough.
That’s why you can know exactly what to do. And you can even do it — exercise, eat good food, get 8 hours of sleep — for short bursts. But you can still end up struggling.
Simply put: if you can’t be consistent, you can’t make progress.
And that’s why accountability – not the perfect training or nutrition program – is the thing that turns everything around. (Heck, maybe it can turn things around for you.)
Make sure that you read the full article here: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/know-what-im-doing