FLEXIBLE DIETING / MACROS: WHY YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG
Really trying to not become another one of ‘those internet experts’ but I have to address something as I’ve spoken to and get inundated with messages from people who are EATING THE SAME THING DAY IN, DAY OUT. Scarily, two of these people recently have been PTs. There are two scenarios: Group 1 have finally figured out meals that hit their macros so they are repeating the same three meals and snacks per day, every day. Group 2, have gone to a ‘nutritionist’ and come away with a 1 day meal plan that they are repeating every, damn, day. 😖
STAAAHP 🤚🏽. Address the two key motives behind why we eat what we eat:
1) FUELLING OUR BODIES: Even if you lead an inactive lifestyle, a VARIETY of nutrients are essential for brain function, cell rejuvenation, heart health etc etc. If you simply feed your body with exactly the same food each day, no matter how packed with fruits and veggies, you are doing yourself a disservice (not to mention likely causing intolerances by completely omitting foods, that will ruin you if you ever try to eat them again). Think about micro nutrients, listen to what your body needs, mix it up. Your performance will shoot through the roof, whether that be 🧠 or 💪🏽
2) ENJOYMENT: Most people are at opposite ends of the spectrum here, there is either no room for enjoyment OR they use macro counting as an excuse to eat poor quality foods that don’t do them any favours and will affect their health detrimentally in the long term. We are emotional creatures, food is sociable, pleasurable even, and should be enjoyed with our loved ones. If you restrict yourself too much you are more likely to fall off the wagon, or have one ‘cheat meal’ (I hate that phrase) that will undo a week of hard work. Flexible dieting is just that FLEXIBLE. Try a 80/20 or even 90/10 ratio, and NEVER feel guilty about the goodies. Do something sustainable, that you can stick to week in, week out, rather than riding the never-ending rollercoaster of yo-yo dieting.