HOW TO GET FIT AND STAY FIT
Any diet with an ad on TV, the radio or in a beauty magazine... forget it. Just assume its crap and toss the thought of trying it to the wind. Not to sound cynical but here's the thing: EVERY SINGLE FAD DIET exists for literally one reason only: For companies to get desperate, insecure (mostly) women to buy their product in order for them to make a quick million bucks. These companies tap into your insecurities, convincing you their diet is the only solution and VIOLA! they've got you. But here is why fad diets don't work: You've heard it a million a times, we are all different. Every single body operates completely individually. No two bodies are alike, everyone metabolizes food differently, everyones body composition is different, everyone holds fat in different places, everyone builds muscle differently, everyone's days look completely different from one another. SO TELL ME! How is everyone eating the same thing, every day, supposed to get individualized results?! The answer is simply, it can't. And that is why so many people end up frustrated and lose faith in the "diet" system. They've tried Adkins and Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem and think "well damn, none of these worked, I must be a lost cause." This is where the health and fitness industry loses. Because now they've taken someone who was eager to change at the start, but because of their one-size-fits-all branding, have completely crushed that persons motivation and drive to make that change. I could sit here and bitch about fad diets all day, but instead, lets talk about what you actually CAN do to get fit and of course, STAY FIT. It's called flexible dieting. Say it out loud. Roll it around in your mouth a little. Sounds pretty fun right? FLEXIBLE: a.k.a not eating the same thing every day for every meal and incorporating foods you actually do enjoy, and DIETING: so still losing that weight/fat while enjoying what you're eating. Flexible dieting is made up of counting your macronutrients. No, not your calories. YOUR MACRONUTRIENTS. What the hell is a macronutrient? Macro's (for short) are what make up your foods composition. There are three types of macronutrients: 1. CARBOHYDRATES, 2. PROTEIN, 3. FAT. These three macros are what make up... can you guess?... ding ding ding, CALORIES! So basically, flexible dieting gives you a certain amount in grams of each macronutrient that you are allowed to consume in one day. There are multiple apps to help you do this, my favorite being MyFitnessPal. Now, hear me out. This might sound overwhelming if you have never heard of a macronutrient before reading this post. BUT, I promise it gets easy, even second nature, if you can practice it for a couple of weeks. "Um, when are you getting to the eat the thing I actually like, part?" Yes, that is the beauty of flexible dieting. SO LONG AS YOU can fit the foods you are eating into the number of macronutrients you have in a day, you can eat basically whatever you want. Here is an example: Lets say your macros for the day are 200 grams of carbs, 120 grams of protein and 60 grams of fat. Your goal is by the end of the day to have hit those as spot on as possible. For breakfast you eat 2 eggs, a piece of turkey bacon and 2 slices of bread. Once you plug these food items into your macro-tracking app (such as MyFitnessPal), it will show you exactly what kind and how much of each macronutrient makes up your food. So your breakfast makes up approximately 30 grams of carbs, 17 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat. Eggs are made up of protein and fats, turkey bacon is made up of protein and fats, and bread is made up of mostly carbohydrates. I'm able to look at those foods and know about how much of each macronutrient is in them because of how much time and effort I have put into counting macros and using the flexible dieting approach. The app will then tell you exactly how many macronutrients you have left to eat for that day. Like I said, this may sound completely overwhelming, but if you dedicate some time to learning how to read a nutrition label, understanding which macronutrients make up whichever food your eating, and understanding how to use a macro-tracking app, you will in turn learn how to be quite flexible with what you eat throughout the day. Pizza, donut, ice cream, all of it is a possibility with flexible dieting! To figure out what your macronutrients should be set at, you must determine your goals, and then seek out someone who understands the idea of counting macros very well, and have them assess where you're at in order to determine how much of each macronutrient you should be consuming. The reason this approach works, and fad diets don't is because flexible dieting takes into account everything that is individual about you. Determining your macronutrients relies on your body composition, how active of a lifestyle you have, how quickly your body can metabolize food, and so on. Simple tweaks to the amount of macronutrients you are consuming can do wonders for fat loss, muscle gain, or any goal you may have. So, stop buying into societies tricks and marketing strategies, and start doing your body some actual good. And side note...if I haven't sold you enough already... flexible dieting is FREE. Ok now it's too good to be true. Good luck and you got this!