No matter how hard you train, you won’t be able to out train a bad diet. The more active you are, the more your body will crave the proper foods to fuel it. You wouldn’t run a petrol car on diesel, so why would you fuel a body training to be healthy with unhealthy foods? Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a pizza just as much as the next person, probably more so. I still enjoy pizza, I simply enjoy it in moderation.
Now, different trainers will have different views on when to eat the foods you enjoy oh so much. The three methods of dieting to lose weight you will most probably come across are:
The “If It Fits Your Macros” way of looking at things. This is where you have a set number of calories, and a precise number of grams of macronutrients (proteins, carbs and fats) you can eat a day, and, if you can make any food fit within those numbers, you can eat it.
A more basic version of this is simply calories in versus calories out. Simply put, if you burn more calories than you consume, you’ll lose weight, no matter where the calories you are consuming come from.
Other trainers will go with the commonly used “Cheat Meal/Day”, where you can simply eat whatever you want, and however much of it you want, on one specific day, or for one meal, a week. You then go back to eating healthily for the rest of the week.
Now, all three of these methods have their benefits, and all three have their flaws. There is no right or wrong way to lose weight. All methods will work, it’s just about finding the method which works best for you. I, personally, am a big fan of not eliminating your favourite foods from your diet. This simply makes you crave them more, and is more likely to lead to a binge, possibly turning the cheat day into a cheat week. Or, you may not be able to control your urges, and you’ll end up having an extra bar of chocolate, totally throwing your macros off.
It is important to build up your knowledge of different types of food, reading labels is the best way to educate yourself without consulting a professional. By making smarter choices, such as eliminating fizzy drinks or cutting out the sugars in the teas or coffees, losing weight will seem a whole lot easier! Finding the diet plan that works for you, and doesn’t feel like a diet is the best way to lose weight, and keep it off!
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