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Blog Blog features the latest fitness and clean eating advice from John Holley, MS, CSCS. Blogs focus on exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress reduction and getting the most out of your workouts.


John Holley

You’ve been searching for the one. You’ve looked everywhere for the one which matches your                                likes and dislikes and fits your lifestyle. Through trial and error, you’ve found some don’t fit and                                others do for a short time, but then you get bored. After a while you are so tired of trying, a pint                                    of cookies and crème and a Sandra Bullock movie seem to be a good alternative. What are                                      you supposed to do?

First, to find your perfect plan for exercise and eating (never say diet!) read the following                                   grouped statements and circle those with which you agree. The results will direct you toward                                    the approach, which is right for you.

Group A

  1. I’m organized and I prefer to follow a plan when working toward a goal.
  2. I don’t like a trial and error approach.
  3. Rules and instructions help me make sense out of what I’m doing.
  4. I love to learn and apply a system, which has worked before.

Group B

  1. I do a lot of social eating and think meals should be shared.
  2. I tend to eat what I feel like at that moment.
  3. Food is a great source of pleasure in my life.
  4. When I try to cut foods out of my life, I feel deprived and overeat.

Group C

  1. I don’t have time to research and plan my diet, let alone follow it on my own.
  2. I’m willing to pay for a plan which works.
  3. I don’t have strong preferences and am willing to let others decide for me.
  4. Nutrition and exercise are confusing.  I want someone to tell me what to do.

Group D

  1. I work harder when I am part of a group.
  2. I love meeting and talking to new people.
  3. I don’t like disappointing other people.
  4. When I feel alone, I lose focus on my goals.

Now, let’s take a look at the results:

If you circled more statements in Group A, you are a goal-oriented person who desires a                                structured approach to weight loss. You will do well to have an appointment with a trainer or to                             schedule your workouts in order to become more fit. When it comes to eating, you will succeed                                   if you plan and record what you eat and when, at least until you see evidence your approach is                         working. You may even enjoy reading labels, planning menus and counting the calories, fat                                 grams and protein content in your meals.

If the statements in Group B had you nodding your head in agreement you need a plan that                               doesn’t feel like deprivation. Focus on making small changes in your diet and do what you                                     enjoy when it comes to exercise. Allow yourself to enjoy good restaurants, and focus on                                        healthy choices, rather than what you shouldn’t eat in order to lose weight. By accentuating the                         positive you are more likely to find success.

If you can’t seem to find the time to get on a plan, you may have agreed with more statements                                    in Group C. You may find success working with a personal trainer or by having some of your                                 meals prepared or delivered (not pizza, but healthy meals). Prepackaged meal plans can jump                               start your weight loss, although they are not a long-term solution. Remember, reaching modest,                                 short-term goals time and again leads to success.

Would you like a hug Group D? If you circled three or four of these statements you thrive in a                              setting in which your concerns are acknowledged and addressed. Weight loss support groups                                  are filled with members from this group, as are group exercise classes. You definitely want to                                 work out with others and would do well to cook healthy meals with friends. When deciding on                                 your weight loss partners, make sure you agree upon an exercise and eating plan you are                                       willing to follow long term.

No matter which group or groups you identify with, all plans take time Group C members.                                            As you progress, you may even change your approach (of course, not you Group A;). The key                                      is to ask for help, Group D, from your spouse, a friend, your trainer or a support group. Finally,                                    no matter how far away your goals seem to be, Group B, each healthy choice brings you closer.