Whether your goal is to become lean or you are already where you want to be, the habits that got you there will also keep you there. The concepts that paved that path to become the shredded need to be dialled in as daily habits in order to maintain your hard work and focus. I’ve listed 4 lean habits below that will help remind you of what needs to take place during your day and weekly planning to stay on track.
Sleep and rest hours dictate the way your body burns calories. Whether those calories are coming from body fat or elsewhere. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body will not recover properly. I feel like sleep is underrated. Sleep helps keep your hormones balanced and intact, which aids in recovery and promotes results in the gym.
- PLANNING MEALS
Meal prepping for the week is one of the biggest “secrets” to staying on track. It really doesn’t take that much effort each week to prepare a good amount of meals for the week. In the end, it actually saves time because you get it all done in one shot and don’t have to cook or clean up each meal throughout the week. You are also in charge of what you put into your meals. It takes the power away from last-minute drive-through slip-ups or quick options that aren’t standard for your macros.
- EATING AT HOME
As stated above, eating meals away from home decreases awareness of the calories and ingredients in the meal. The more in control of your food environment, the better. You never know what kinds of oils, butter, or similar ingredients a restaurant puts on your food.
Understanding or having a background in how to track macros and what is essential for your body is key for keeping your weight and body metrics where you want them long term. Without his baseline, it’s hard to know intuitively where you should be in compliance with your goals.
Hitting the gym for most people is the easiest part of the fitness journey. It’s what you do the other 23 hours in the day for weeks, months, and years consistently that makes the biggest changes. Make lean habits a part of your everyday life, and you are well on your way to getting lean and maintaining it for life.
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