Think back to a time in high school or college, when you had a big test coming up. The professor would stress to the class how important the test is, and that a high percentage of your grade on this test will determine your grade for the entire class.
Now you either did one of two things. 1. Procrastinated and waited until the last minute to prepare, then walked into the classroom with nothing but some prayers, probably an excess of caffeine, and hope that you would be successful OR 2. You studied and prepared so much for that exam, that when you walked into the testing room, you felt nothing but confidence that you were as ready as you could possibly be.
Dieting and following a healthy nutrition plan is a lot like preparing for an exam. You will not succeed or do as well as you possibly could if you don't adequately prepare. And do you want to know the good news…. preparing to eat healthy and make good food choices is A LOT more fun than preparing for a math test. So you have that going for you!
You have to learn how to cook meals ahead of time, plan your food for the entire day the night before you eat it, and have a workout plan that is set in stone before you wander into the gym. By doing all of these things, you are taking the guess work out of the equation. You make a plan and stick to it. This makes it easier to avoid temptation because you know what is right and wrong, all you have to do is work on the compliance towards your plan.
In addition, if you have a plan, daily temptations and obstacles will become easier to tackle. For example, if you don't have a workout plan set for the day, you can easily talk yourself out of a workout because you're feeling too tired or just get lazy. But if, on your plan, Monday is chest/tricep day… then you are going to do to a chest/tricep workout regardless of how you feel.
And the same goes for food. If you have already packed your lunchbox with all of your meals for the day the night before, then saying no to that extra serving of pasta or a cookie will be easier to reject because you already have your entire food plan set up for that day.
A plan and the preparation that comes with it, is honestly the biggest key to your fitness success. So while it may feel like a pain at first to prepare all your food/workouts in advance, if you can make it a habit, you will reach your fitness goals faster. Guaranteed.
For me, I choose to do my food preparation on the weekends. I cook up all my chicken, ground turkey, pre-chop all my vegetables, etc, so that during my busy weeks with long hours, all I have to do is throw stuff together in my lunch box for the next day. The goal is to make it as easy for yourself as possible during the week so that, just because you are tired, you don't reach for the easy, convenient pre packed food.
So stop living on a prayer, and prepare!!