8 answers to what’s stopping you from getting in shape


What’s stopping you from getting in shape? Here are 8 answers… and my personal 12 favorites on what to do about it!


Excerpt from the Precision Nutrition article by Lee Helland:


1. You can never seem to get started.


Don’t think, just do

“If it’s your time, and you’re sitting on the fence… you want to do it, you’re thinking of doing it, you’re not sure if you should do it — jump off that fence,” says Patrick, 35, who lost 152 pounds with Precision Nutrition. “And give it everything you’ve got. Why sit on the fence when you can be a part of life?”


2. You’re turned off by every weight-loss program and tip you see.


Ignore mainstream advice

Unrealistic (and, frankly, insulting) click bait like “Flatten Your Tummy in 5 Minutes a Day” and “Sculpt Your Butt While Sitting Still” are meant to drive ad sales, not get you in shape. Most of our clients, once they see Precision Nutrition’s positive, practice-based approach, realize that the negative tone of health and fitness media was holding them back for years.


3. You can’t seem to get your heart in it.


Stop living in “coulda, woulda, shoulda”

To make true progress, allow yourself to focus exclusively on what you can do now. Not in some hypothetical future where everything is perfect. Just do the best you can with what you’ve got right now. It’s what allowed Sharon to lose weight and fight cancer — all in the same year.


4. You sense you’re not being true to yourself.


Don’t fall to pack mentality

“It turns out that a lot of people have health and weight issues, just like I used to have,” Yano says. “And often they don’t want to eat poorly; they just do it because everyone else — friends, family, the people around them — is doing it. That was my problem for a long time.”


5. You’re exhausted just thinking about how much work you’ll have to do.


De-emphasize the “work” in “working out”

So many Precision Nutrition clients say that one outcome of our program — and something that helps them maintain an optimal exercise schedule — is coming to see movement as play, as fun, as release. Find the activities you love, and moving your body will become something you seek out, not dread.

Know that everyone — everyone — has to work at it

Fit, healthy people who look like they’ve got it all figured out have to put effort into eating right, too. We know, because Precision Nutrition coaches themselves talk about it a lot. Clients say getting to know them is comforting, because you can see how they’re so focused on learning, growing, and becoming the best versions of themselves.

Discover the value of trying

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try,” Sarah says.


6. You know a lot about health and nutrition, but you still can’t seem to lose the weight.


Find accountability

“The truth is, I probably knew three quarters of Precision Nutrition Coaching’s dietary recommendations before I started,” says Peter, 52, who dropped 33 pounds with Precision Nutrition. “But the secret to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is consistency,” he says. Get someone to breathe down your neck, and you’ll make healthy choices your habit.


7. You can’t figure out how to work it into your busy life.


Realize there’s no such thing as “too busy”

Precision Nutrition’s program is practically custom-designed for people who suffer the “I don’t have time” delusion. Oftentimes they’re our most successful clients. Lisanne, 39, lost 38 pounds on the Precision Nutrition program while taking care of three small kids — including a nursing infant — and getting certified as a yoga instructor and doula. Other clients work multiple jobs or have to travel five days a week and never know where they’ll be staying next. What they tell us is that Precision Nutrition coaching actually ends up easing their schedule by lending structure to their lives.

Focus on what you can do right now

Forget what you can’t do. Figure out what you’re capable of in this moment, and build from there. “I had to find it within me to accept that it was okay to do things a bit differently, says Richard, 49, who dropped 103 pounds in our yearlong program. “I had to accept that it was okay to do what I was capable of.” Eventually, Precision Nutrition clients internalize this mantra: Start wherever you are. Use whatever you have.  Do whatever you can.


8. You get frustrated and quit.


Recognize that progress isn’t usually a straight line

If you’re gauging success based on how much you weigh each morning, you’re bound to give up before you can establish healthy habits or see real change. Almost as a rule, Precision Nutrition clients’ chart looks like a crazy, twisted line of progress, regress, more progress, and lessons learned along the way (we know, because our software tracks it for them so they can follow along the whole time). A year later, dozens of pounds lost — for good. Worth the roller coaster ride, for sure.

Stop blaming external factors

“What I learned was that I had to take responsibility for my own decisions,” says Heather, 37, who lost 47 pounds on the Precision Nutrition program. “I had to get real with myself. I learned the difference between thinking, ‘I have to do x,’ and ‘I choose to do x,’ and ‘I’m doing x.’”


Take the first step. Then let me take over.


For most people, getting started is the hardest thing. Figuring out what to do first. Overcoming inertia. Taking that first step into the unknown.

Precision Nutrition knows that all too well. In fact, through their work with clients, they’ve helped thousands of people move from “all or nothing” to “always something.” And thanks to their ProCoach platform, I am now able to work with you towards the same success over 45,000 people have enjoyed!

But the first step always begins with you. If you’re ready to look, feel, and live better, let me know – I am here to help.