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The media associates a fast break with basketball. But a nutritional fast break is much different; except that both can lead to a slam dunk. A Spark Diet Fast Break is a quick, easy goal that you focus on and track for two weeks, before any other heavy work is done. Why is this so important? Unlike almost every diet out there, it encourages you to start very small.
Starting small helps you to avoid burnout, something many diets can cause. To prove it, here’s a statistic for you – 95% of those who go on a diet gain any weight they lost back within a year. Many even gain more weight than before they started.
Your Fast Break can help you gain a healthy habit and reach your calorie and exercise goals at the same time. For example, consider two typical Fast Breaks. Eating a fruit and veggie each day will take you that much closer to reaching your tracked nutrient goals. Exercising just 10 minutes per day can add up to a strong foundation for a developing exercise program. These are just two examples of how a Fast Break can get the momentum rolling.
By starting with just one or a few goals, you can easily ingrain a new habit into your life. Take brushing your teeth for example. Here’s an activity that takes 5-10 minutes (depending on how many times you brush) every single day for years on end. Ever get burned out? Doubtful. Why? Because it was a small thing that caught on with repetition.
The Spark Diet is designed to avoid burnout and instead create lifelong habits to keep weight off permanently. So by starting small with a fast break, you get off on the right foot and achieve a small win on your way to many more. And keep in mind; fast breaks do not have to be complicated or overzealous. Here are some examples of possible fast breaks:
Drinking 8 cups of water
Eating a fruit and/or vegetable every day
Not eating in front of the TV
No soda or coffee
Eat breakfast every morning
No candy or potato chips