Getting in shape is one thing, staying in shape is another. It requires not a temporary change, but a long term lifestyle change. It requires habit changes, improving our relationship with food and knowing how far we can take our body in terms of both training and nutrition.
In terms of training, you will find the balance between working yourself too hard to the point where you are fatigued and not enjoying training, to the point on the other end of the scale where you are working effectively enough to see the results you want to see.
Seeing real results isn’t a short process. It takes real dedication and hard work, but when you see the results both physically and the way you feel mentally, it is so worth it. You have to enjoy the process to a certain degree in order to keep the motivation levels high.
It’s the same with food. You will learn how much you can have of certain treats and drinks without ruining all your hard work. You have to keep your cravings at bay or else it will never work. The best way to do this is to keep your diet as simple as possible without exciting your taste buds too much (As exciting as that sounds!)
The key to a healthy long term lifestyle change really is everything in moderation. Don’t overtrain. Don’t overeat. Train efficiently, eat sensibly, feel good and be happy.
Life is short and you only get one body- look after it the best you can!