Our box, CrossFit Thermal, is doing a month-long nutrition challenge from July 7-August 7. Members are choosing various levels of engagement, ranging from strict Zone to strict Paleo, to “no grains, no extra sugar.” I will be posting a short nutrition tip to help people stay on point and make clean nutrition a life-long habit instead of just a short term “diet.”
Nutrition Tip #4: Be Accountable
Peer pressure can be useful when doing a nutrition challenge to keep you accountable. Don’t be afraid to tell everyone that you’re doing a nutrition challenge because the next time they see you and ask how it’s going, you’re going to want to say that you’re on point. And if you’re not, then having that conversation can help you get back on track. Now, don’t be obnoxious, especially on social media, but also don’t be afraid to write about your successes, challenges, and questions. If you’re more shy about telling people, then pick a few key people that you know will be supportive and tell them. At CF Thermal, members submit food journals for coaches to review, but if you’re trying to clean up your diet on your own, then you’ll need to find a support system.
Taking it from another angle, you might even inspire your friends and family to clean up your own diet. It’s easy to say “that’s impossible,” or “that’s not for me” when they see a celebrity or unknown person lean out, but it’s a different story when a family member or friend does it. I do believe intrinsic motivation is the best kind when it comes to cleaning up your diet, but usually that stems from seeing other people in their life succeed.
What other ways can someone be accountable while doing a nutrition challenge or lifestyle change?