Periodization is used all the time in the world of exercise training. Periodization is a systematic way to segment your training in order to gain effective adaptation and bypass injury/fatigue. However, most of us don't realize that there is a thing called "nutritional periodization". At its core, it seeks to segment nutrition in a similar fashion aiming to bypass metabolic damage, hormone damage, and other physiological/mental issues.
I just recently posted a video explaining why nutritional periodization is the most effective route for sustainable results. If your goal is to lose weight you need to be in a caloric deficit. However, if you are in a caloric deficit for too long certain metabolic systems and hormones will be negatively effected (not to mention mental fatigue). Periodization works to counter act the negative effects of staying in a negative energy balance. There should be several phases to each fitness goal you have. If your goal is to lose 30 pounds then your periodization model might look like this:
Caloric Deficit: 12 weeks (aiming to lose 12-15 pounds during this phase)
Maintenance Calories: 4 weeks (aiming to bring body back to balance while maintaining weight or gaining 1-2 pounds)
Caloric Surplus: 4 weeks (aiming to increase calories, maybe gain 1 pound but up-regulate metabolism and hormones)
Caloric Deficit: 12 weeks (aiming to lose the last 12-15 pounds or until you reach your goal bodyweight)
Now, while this model is extremely simple and rudimentary it is very important in terms of longevity and health. Nutrition Periodization will help control hunger levels, maintain strength, preserve lean muscle mass, and cause substantially less mental strain. When you shift back and forth from these types of goals you will see better results and more effective progress right off the bat. Your metabolism will be primed and you will notice a big shift within the first couple weeks of each phase. This might seem like an extremely long process but the benefits far outweigh the short-term patience that is required. You will see more effective results and bypass a lot of the frustration that comes along with inconsistent results.
Over time, this will help you become more consistent and after all that is the magic formula when it comes to fitness results. Consistency is the magic pill that everyone is looking for but no one wants to take. I would encourage you to think about your wellness journey in terms of years instead of months. What process do you think you could be more consistent with over the course of 1-2 years not 1-2 months. For the majority of us, the answer is nutritional periodization. I consider myself to have extremely high disciple and will power. I spent many years trying to achieve results without nutritional periodization only to fail time and time again. Once you realize that results aren't based on short-term will power but long-term patience then you will begin to shift your focus and that's when things will start happening for you! If you want more information regarding 'Nutrition Periodization' feel free to contact me on any of my social links or hit the button below. Your best is yet to come!