If you want to have and keep a new kind of body, you have to live a new kind of life. After all, the way you were living before didn’t get you the body you wanted. That means your dedication will need to be ongoing and long lasting. Since losing weight and gaining muscle often involves giving up the level of carbohydrates and sugar you’re used to, as well as making new decisions about other types of food, it can be a big shift in your daily life.
That can be an overwhelming thought for people just starting their journey to a better and healthier body. Life is stressful enough without adding healthy eating to the list of things you’ve got to be constantly responsible for.
To make things worse, when you do set out on your journey and mess up, you can experience feelings of guilt and shame that make you want to give up all together.
What can you do to make the whole process easier? Easy: flip a coin.
The Coin Toss Solution
The Coin Toss Solution is based on a simple premise: many people find they’re more successful at meeting their health goals (and escaping the struggle) if they take them day-by-day.
Here’s how it works: first thing in the morning, flip a coin.
There are two sides of a coin, obviously. The side it lands on determines whether or not you’re going to eat clean that day or if deviation is okay.
Heads means: deviation from your nutrition plan is okay. So if your coin lands on heads, it means that if you mess up or eat something out of the framework you’d like to be working in, it’s not a big deal.
The tails side of the coin means: it’s going to be a clean eating day. Eat what you’ve mapped out for yourself.
You might be asking: But doesn’t that mean I’ll be eating poorly 50% of the time?
What I’ve found in my practice is that patients who use the Coin Toss Solution begin to eat healthier and healthier. A coin toss might seem small, but remember, when you do it first thing in the morning, you’re aiming your first thoughts of the day toward your health goals.
But you’re thinking about it for that day, not beyond it. When you get heads – a day when you can deviate from the mapped out diet – you know the next day you’ll be starting over again. So you can let go of guilt. The decision was taken out of your hands for the day by chance. And when you get tails (or an “eat clean” day), you’re more likely to meet your nutrition goals successfully, because the next day there’s a chance you might be able to cheat without guilt.
The Coin Toss Solution will help you if you’re struggling, but don’t leave optimal health up to chance. Call The Body Well today!
Rene von Gunten, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, is a member of the Age Management Team at The Body Well. To schedule an Age Management/Hormonal Evaluation, please call (323) 874-9355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
About René von Gunten:René von Gunten, NTP CPT, aka “The Swiss Nutritioneer,” is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Nutritional Therapy Association. He holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University and is a graduate of the renowned mentorship program in functional medicine by Dr. Daniel Kalish. He is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist practicing at The Body Well.