I’ve had an amazing 2016, food wise, that is. I’ve indulged in a lot of donuts, ordered Pizza Hut at least once a week, and threw tracking my macros pretty much out the window. That MFP crap starts to get old after doing it everyday for way too long. Sometimes we need a break. I wanted to be able to let loose, train hard, and not feel restricted every time I wanted to get some damn food. Well, 25 lbs later, my skinny jeans are starting to feel a little bit skinnier, and those lovely abs I had are tucked away and hibernating. It wasn’t because I lost control by any means, that was my goal. I was ready to start feeding my body those extra calories. It’s not healthy to restrict yourself everyday of your life, sometimes its nice to be able to let go.
This is one of the best parts of flexible dieting in my opinion. You’re allowed to get away from it for awhile. You can loosely track your calories in your head if you’ve been at it long enough. That’s exactly what I did, I knew how many calories it was going to take to put me in a slight surplus to get myself in the best possible position to put on muscle, and I would just be mindful through the day of how much I was consuming. Doing that, plus watching the scale to make sure I was only gaining around 2-3 lbs from month to month.
Through that whole experience I knew I had a timeline of when I’d get back to tracking and start to try and cut weight again. Monday Sept, 19, 2016 was the day I’d have to pull the scale back out and start weighing my foods. That was four weeks ago actually, which is what prompted me to start writing. That first day I went to the grocery store to be sure I’d have the right foods around me to be able to stay full while consuming less calories. I got a bunch of oatmeal, Greek yogurt, granola, protein bars, almond milk, rice, lettuce, veggies, chicken, etc. The sort of foods that are easy for me to track and will ensure I stay within my macros day to day with a busy schedule.
The point is, if you learn to be in control of your calorie consumption and learn how it all works, YOU are in control of your weight gain and fat loss, nobody else. You’ll be able to eat the foods you enjoy and know they aren’t going to add fat to your body as long as you learn to indulge in moderation. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like you can have your cake and eat it too.
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