Whether you were fortunate enough to travel to the Mediterranean during the Australian winter, or found yourself longing for the experience while indulging in comfort foods and you’ve managed to create your very own built-in puffer jacket, Quest Nutrition has top tips for your spring shred.
Getting back on track with your fitness goals after winter can be difficult. Indulgence in comfort foods, sedentary lifestyle, and weight gain during the colder months can create habits that are challenging to break. The cold weather and reduced sunlight, or post-holiday blues can dampen motivation to exercise and make it easier to stay indoors. Mentally transitioning from a relaxed mindset to a disciplined approach takes effort, and rebuilding fitness levels requires patience.
Despite these challenges, taking small steps, setting realistic goals, and maintaining consistency can help overcome them and regain momentum on your fitness quest.
Set clear and realistic goals: Define what you want to achieve during your spring shred. Make sure you set achievable goals, that are measurable, attainable, and relevant. This clarity will guide your efforts and help you stay motivated.
Focus on nutrition: Pay attention to your diet by incorporating a balanced and nutritious eating plan. Include a variety of whole, nutrient-dense foods such as lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Quest Nutrition offers a range of products that are high in protein and cut sugar and carbs, to complement your nutrition plan and provide convenient options when needed. The new soft and chewy Quest Frosted Cookies are our newest go-to snack at the moment, the perfect example of Quest Nutrition making the foods you love work for you, not against you.
Prioritise protein intake: Protein is important for muscle repair, satiety, and overall health. Make sure to include lean sources of protein in each meal, such as poultry, fish, lean meats, eggs, legumes, and dairy products. Quest protein bars and snacks offer a convenient and delicious way to increase your protein intake when necessary.
Watch portion sizes: Be mindful of portion control to maintain a caloric deficit, which is essential for fat loss. Use measuring tools or follow portion guidelines to avoid overeating.
Incorporate exercise into your routine: Engage in regular physical activity to boost your metabolism and burn calories. Include a combination of cardiovascular exercises (such as jogging, cycling, or swimming) and strength training (using weights or bodyweight exercises) to maximise your results.
Stay hydrated: Hydration is important for overall health and weight management. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to support digestion, regulate body temperature, and optimise your workouts.
Prioritise sleep and stress management: Adequate sleep and stress management is crucial for your overall wellbeing and weight management. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night and incorporate stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, or hobbies to your routine.
Track your progress: Keep track of your progress to stay motivated and make adjustments where necessary. Monitor measurements, take progress photos, record your workouts, and note how you feel physically and mentally. Celebrate your achievements along the way to maintain a positive mindset.
Remember, everyone’s fitness journey is unique, so listen to your body, make adjustments as needed, and treat yourself to guilt-free Quest Snacks daily for optimum happiness and incredible nutritional benefits.
Quest Nutrition is committed to making consumers’ cravings work for them, not against them. With high quality, delicious, functional foods with no nutritional compromise, Quest helps active, health-conscious people achieve their goals. Recently acquired by The Simply Good Foods Company, Quest has plans to extend the product range in Australia and New Zealand. Quest products are available at Coles, Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse, Catch of the Day, Amazon.com.au and at many leading supplement retailers. To learn more about Quest Nutrition, visit questnutrition.com.au.