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Today we are going to be talking about nutrition and how you can see better and more consistent results.
First thing I want to talk about is tracking the amount of food you consume into your body. Is it necessary to see results? Not really, but I do believe it all depends on the person. The people that are into fitness and tracking their macronutrients for quite some time can see the effectiveness in doing so. However, for the average person trying to lose a little bit of weight is not actually needed. For some people, this can be tough and may do more harm than good since they might stress about what they can and can’t eat. So, it really depends on you. It’s preferred if you can do it and manage to be flexible while tracking, but it’s not actually needed. There are other things you can do to get similar results.
Here are some things you can try:
Having this kind of knowledge is helpful, even if you don’t feel like tracking every calorie because it will give you a good idea the amount you are able to eat while still hitting your goal weight. Try to make it as easy as possible for yourself to stick to. At the end of the day, it’s whatever works best for you.
This might take a little bit of effort but will be well worth it in the end. This doesn’t necessarily mean a boring chicken and broccoli 5x a day meal plan that you have to stick with for the rest of your life, but you can create a meal plan around the types of food you actually enjoy and look forward to eating. But also make sure it fits within your calorie/macronutrient goals. One of the struggles people have with dieting is the inconsistency with food they eat and it throws off their progress and consistency. By creating yourself a meal plan, you’re saving time and know exactly what to eat throughout the day. This will help your progress because you will be eating the same foods day in and day out and makes things simple for yourself. Again, this isn’t something that you have to stick with for the rest of your life, so I urge you to create multiple meal plans that you can switch up every 2-3 weeks to keep things fresh and interesting. Throwing in a bit of variety into your diet is important especially mentally, it makes you think you aren’t really dieting yet still reaching your fitness goals.
One of the best advice I can give you is cook the majority of your food yourself. This does not mean you can’t go out and enjoy other foods and be flexible with your dieting, but by cooking the majority of your food yourself, you have complete control over the amount of food you consume. This is very helpful for people looking to get lean or even shredded, it helps enhance your progress a lot more.
These types of apps to help you track your calories are great and will help you save time. If you can get over the mindset of tracking numbers, you can make things a lot easier for yourself by using apps like Myfitnesspal. Going back to creating a meal plan from Tip# 2, you can actually customize your own personal meal plan on this app! All you have to do is enter in the food into the app and it does all the hard work for you. Also, once its entered in, it will be saved down and you can use the same food over and over again without having to retype it in which make it even easier to be consistent with your diet. If you’re a busy person like myself, the last thing you want to do is sit there and think about what are you going to have for your next meal. I just want to know that I can open my app, enter in the foods I enjoy that I created in the morning or beginning of the week, plug it in and move on. No stressing about if the food I picked the right choices because I know it is and I urge you to try and do the same.
Start getting into the habit of creating a routine that would enjoy and will stick to because this will be very important in the long run. Try to make this become a part of your lifestyle. This will be difficult at first, but once you gain that momentum and start seeing results, it will make you feel really motivated and help you keep pushing forward towards your goals.
We have all overeaten in our lives. We have all stepped on the scale and seen that it has gone way up. Looked in the mirror and noticed a bit of a belly. That’s normal. Just don’t make it a consistent habit. If you messed up your diet sometime this week, it’s okay. Try not to stress about it because tomorrow is a new day. Just don’t say screw it and let’s go and eat everything. Set a limit on how much you can eat the next day. We want to look at it more from a weekly term rather than day to day.