BUT that being said, here are 4 of the biggest truths I learned through trial and error to help get you going…
1️⃣ 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐭. I see this all the time… an extra pour of creamer in your coffee, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter instead of one, 8 ounces of chicken instead of 4. They seem small, but if it’s happening daily, it will add up over time. You’re likely frustrated because you’re eating all of the right things and not losing weight, but so often we don’t account for exactly how much. The best way to get honest about this is to MEASURE what you’re doing (with a food scale, measuring cups, portion containers, whatever works for you) AND then also to TRACK it. Hold yourself accountable.
2️⃣ 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬. This is not to say fitness isn’t important. It is. In fact it was the number one thing to keep me MOTIVATED to stay on track with my nutrition BUT if you’re doing it just to burn calories to lose weight you’re doing it wrong. Track your steps for overall health, but don’t become a slave to it. Move more to stay motivated. Use resistance training to reshape your body. But, also know that you don’t need to “eat back” your calories burned, or “burn off” what you ate. I honestly turn off the activity estimate entirely in my fitness pal.
3️⃣ 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲. Hate celery juice. Stop drinking it. Love cream in your coffee. Drink it, track it and make it work within your day. When you stop jumping on every latest health bandwagon you’ll be able to discover the healthy foods you genuinely enjoy, and will continue to consume them consistently and sustainably because you actually like them. You’ll also be able to incorporate the foods some may deem “unhealthy”, simply because you like them, and will be more likely to continue to work towards your goals because you’re happy and satisfied, not forcing down kale salads at every meal when you secretly hate it.
4️⃣ 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫. You can eat carbohydrates at night, skip breakfast in the morning, eat 3 square meals a day or 6 mini meals throughout the day. So long as you are in a caloric deficit, you will continue to lose weight. What is important is discovering the timing that will make you most likely to stick with your plan, and potentially get the most of your workouts BUT if your main goal is fat loss, focus on sticking to a calorie deficit FIRST before you even think about timing.
𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏𝐅𝐔𝐋?!?! 𝐀𝐧𝐲 𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭?