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5 Fitness Mistakes I’m glad I’ve made & What They’ve Taught Me ✅

If you’re anything like myself, the ever growing responsibilities & seemingly never ending tasks can be a burden to say the least 😪.

Perhaps not surprising that staying on top our physical wellbeing through a balanced diet can be tricky 🏞.

For me, I’m constantly learning even now & the habits I’ve built up haven’t come easy that’s for sure 🏋🏻‍♂️.

Here are 5 of the biggest faux pas I’ve made with my fitness approaches 🙋🏻‍♂️.

Supplementing My Income 💊?

An easy trap I’m sure we’ve all fallen into & one that’s increasingly prevalent in today’s marketing-focused world 💰.

When it comes to getting toned or even gaining some bulk, energy balance will always win & the minute details of supplementing, nutrient timings & even the extact intake of carbs or fats really doesn’t matter 📊.

One of my biggest shortcomings was losing sight of the basics & trying to buy into the idea of supplements being king when it came to getting in shape 👑.

£45 on an Optimum Nutrition Mass Gainer pouch? Definitely worth it surely 🤔.

Alas, simply a ~1250 calorie milkshake & not much else it has to be said 🥛.

Cyclodextrin anyone? L-Glutamine? Sounds more like a slide out of one of my Biochemistry lectures 👨🏻‍🏫.

Don’t be the guy I was back then. Start with the absolute fundamentals - energy balance, adequate protein & progressive overload will get you there I can guarantee it 🏃🏻‍♂️.

Party Pooper 🎉💩?

Perhaps a more relatable issue that we can all struggle with from time to time 😐.

So important to find a balance in everything that we do & nutrition is no different ⚖️.

We’ve all got that friend who obsesses over every minutia of detail especially when it comes to what we eat 🥑.

I have to admit to having had a certain anxiety around eating out when there was no sense of calorie control 😬.

What I’ve learned is that it really doesn’t matter & here’s why 👇🏻.

Even on calorie labels, there’s a huge discrepancy in terms of the numbers (some can be well above +/- 20% even 🔢!)

But perhaps on a higher level, health is more than just our body composition 🍃.

It’s multi-faceted 🍏.

For me mental wellbeing & social by extension will always be a priority 👍🏻.

Guesstimation will get you through & even if you go slightly over your calories, it’s almost always worth while 👌🏻.

If you do tend to struggle when eating out, here’s a couple of actionable tips to take📝.

Increasing protein intake early in the day, banking up a few (5-10% of calories per day) for a larger social event later in the week can also be hugely useful 🍰.

Provided you are already at a solid level of adherence naturally ✅.

A Clean Bill of Health 🥒

Perhaps one of my biggest pitfalls & one that I see very often indeed 👀.

The idea of ‘clean’ eating is flawed in many ways, not least the restrictive mindset that goes alongside it 🤐.

I used to label certain types of foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ & even down to certain eateries where I told myself I ‘couldn’t’ have certain meals 🍔.

It’s a downward spiral to say the least & I would often find myself gorging more than ever 🍫.

For me, balance will always win. The good old 80/20 principle (a majority wholefoods centred intake with plenty of room for treats) is my absolute go to 😃.

Food is more than just fuel ⛽️.

It’s made to be enjoyed & there’s more to life than eating ‘perfectly healthily’ whatever that means 🤸🏻‍♂️.

A Break from the Norm 🏋🏻‍♂️

Something I’m sure many of us are susceptible to is being inconsistent 🔛.

Now I’m not talking about the odd missed session here or there, it’s something much deeper I feel 📈📉.

I would often go through phases of gymming hard but lacking a clear direction or even a goal that I could measure 📊.

What does ‘get in shape’ really mean? It’s a topic that’s hard to break down, but once we become more focused in our approach (setting realistic, measurable targets) we can really find a greater sense of clarity for our actions 👍🏻.

A technique I’ve found to be incredibly effective & one that I often use with my clients is motivational interviewing 💬.

Sounds daunting I know, but it’s actually kind of simple ❓.

Very simple in fact ✅.

The act of questioning our behaviours & the ‘why’ behind our goals is a powerful metric we can tap into 💯.

Try taking a goal or desire you currently have & ask yourself ‘why do I want this 🤔?

Or simply ‘Why 💭?’

Repeat the process over & over (keep asking yourself ‘why?’) & before you know it you’ll have a pretty key idea of your intrinsic motivations 🏃🏻‍♂️.

Teamwork is Dreamwork 💫

Ever gotten to the gym only to go through the motions over & over never really getting anywhere 🚶🏻‍♂️?

I know I have & still do on many an occasion 👎🏻.

For me, this is where social accountability comes into play ⚽️.

Ever have that one coach at school who really got you going that extra mile 🧗🏻‍♂️?

It’s no coincidence & the ability to really push ourselves can really depend on others around us 🍃.

Not investing in a coach or mentor was one of my main drawbacks in the early days 💵.

Something I think that guys especially are susceptible to is not admitting when we need help 😕.

Not a sign of weakness, rather a sign of wisdom & maturity 👴🏻.

So there you have it folks, naturally keen to be as honest as I possibly can 🗣.

I hope that by sharing my own stories & mistakes that you can learn from them too ✍🏻.

If you’d like to hear more about nutritional basics, training tips or even tackling your current obstacles then don’t be afraid to get in touch ⤵️.

Drop me a message on Facebook/Instagram or email decmclaughlinnutrition@gmail.com to register for my new newsletter (Launching Mid June 📩).

As always, a massive thank you for the incredible support & catch-up very soon indeed 📆.

DM 🙋🏻‍♂️ 🥗.

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