Consistency is Key to Success!
Consistency is one of the most important factors in any diet or training program. To allow your body to perform most optimally, be consistent with the foods you eat, times of day you eat, total calories you eat, fluid you intake and stress you put on your body.
Our bodies are highly functioning machines that need to be well maintained through consistent healthy choices. If there is too much fluctuation in our diets, training or recovery, it can have adverse effects.
For example, eating too few nutrients will signal to the body it is in a starved state, decreasing metabolism and lead to fatigue while eating too many nutrients will signal the body for growth and increase your metabolic rate.
If you are looking to gain weight that is optimal for strength and performance, make small consistent caloric intake jumps over a longer rather than shorter period of time. An increase of 200-500 calories every few weeks should be enough to help increase muscle mass. If you are trying to lose weight, it would be just the opposite where you consistently cut out 200-500 calories every few weeks when progress stalls.
If you are trying to get stronger or build muscle, you would make small consistent jumps in training intensity or volume to continually build yourself up, rather than increasing too fast to where you are likely to hurt yourself.
Then for recovery, you need to maintain a consistent sleep schedule and rest periods between training sessions so that you are always ready for the next workout.
For everything in training, start small and be consistent.
Just by being consistent, you are much more likely to create and maintain results in everything that you work towards!
Tip: Keep track of your diet, keep track of your training, and keep track of your sleep schedule. Then there are no surprises when you feel exhausted and weak before a workout.