My whole philosophy around achieving long term results and staying healthy comes down to adopting the 80/20 mentality. Where 80% of the time you are on point with your food and training knowing you have 20% up your sleeve to socialise and go out with friends.

No one is perfect and trying to adopt the 'all or nothing' mentality is definitely setting yourself up for failure. The thought of being absolutely perfect with your food and training over a certain period of time is automatically putting yourself under a lot of pressure. You don't have to be obsessive to get fantastic results, finding that happy balance and turning it into a positive lifestyle change that you can maintain is what matters.

Mentally taking your focus to eating whole natural foods frequently throughout the day to keep your blood sugar stable and also to keep your metabolism firing is 80% in achieving great results. Once you know what you can eat it is a lot easier to go out with friends as you will be able to tweak the menu or ask for exactly what you want, remember cafes and restaurants have a full kitchen to work with, 99% of the time you will get what you ask for.

How to do a health kick (without losing your social life)

Surrounding yourself with positive people who believe in you and your goals is extremely important too. You want to be around people who build you up and inspire you. Starting out on a journey of weight loss and embracing a healthy lifestyle is not easy initially so having friends and family that support you is really important. You may even be able to find a friend who wants to join you on your journey that way you can add to your socialising throughout the week.

Embracing a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to involve hiding in a cave, eating well majority of the time and staying active is key. Don't put pressure on yourself, enjoy the journey of feeling amazing with the people you love!

Kim Beach is a Sydney based personal trainer with  13 years of experience in the fitness industry. She has four online programs and her own book 'Beach Fit'. Visit kimbeach.com for more info.

How to do a health kick (without losing your social life)