I received a question on Instagram this morning from someone who purchased my complete beginner's guide to diet and training and I thought his question and my response could be beneficial to everyone who reads this newsletter.

He asked, " how do I stay motivated to not cheat on my diet?" 

I know this is a question that many of us face more often than we would like. We start a new diet or a new routine, and we are all extremely motivated for the first few days, but that motivation and drive slowly start to crack until we are back to our old routines.

I responded to him by saying that you need to focus on your why. Write down why you even want to diet! Why are you doing this? Why do you want to eat healthy foods every day? If you have a legit reason,  it will push you on days when you do not feel like working out, or are feeling like cheating on your diet. If your reason is you want a six-pack to look more attractive, that might not be a strong enough reason to say no to that delicious fried food in front of your face. The reason needs to be sincere and genuine. 

Take this weekend and really think about your why. Write it down, and look at it on days where you are feeling down and lack motivation.

Additionally, I always recommend to my friends and clients to take a picture on day 1. It is always good to have a picture of your starting point because if you are consistent with your diet, and are going to the gym on a regular basis, in 1-2 months your results are going to be absolutely incredible. When you look in the mirror you are going to be so proud of what you have achieved so far, and the thought of cheating on your diet won't even cross your mind. You are going to see what your hard work has done and you are going to want to keep on striving to see more and more change.