At the end of the day, this is a challenge and it may prove to be difficult at times over the 4 week period. The structure of the challenge is designed to provide you with the support you need in order to push through difficult times and learn about your body along the way. It won’t always be easy and if you slip up, that’s okay! The last thing we want is any added stress as stress can lean to an easy backslide. Be prepared to embrace the ups and downs of the road to a healthier lifestyle.
Before starting the challenge, it’s important that realistic expectations are set to keep a strong mentality throughout the 4 weeks. Many people get excited about seeing fast progress because it’s natural to think about the end results first, but much harder to stick to the plan when the cravings set in. Here are some things that you can be aware of and also look forward to as you begin the challenge.
Increased energy levels.
This will happen from properly timing your carbohydrates around workouts. Food quality will also play an important role with this, lean protein, vegetables, healthy fats and lower GI carbs will help in keeping you full and energized throughout the day.
Improved recovery and strength.
This ties in with the above, however there are also other factors that will affect recovery and strength. Such as sleep, stress levels, water intake etc.
This will be normal since, for some, you will be in a caloric deficit. However if you stay consistent and be honest with yourself as you track your food, your body will adjust and this should hopefully only last for a couple of days. If severe hunger lasts for more than 2-3 days, please talk to a coach.