What is "flexible dieting"?
EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT? Sounds good huh?
So, what is flexible dieting? Is it right for you? Does it even work? Is it backed by science? Why is no one talking about it?
WHAT ARE MACROS?
To talk about flexible dieting, you first have to talk about macros. Macros are protein, carbs, and fats. They are what make up the calories we consume! For example, one donut has 25g of carbs, 11g of fat, and 3g of protein which makes up 210 calories. BUT I want you to forget everything you know about calories and start thinking macros! ONLY TRACK MACROS, NOT CALORIES! If you track your macros, your calories will fall into place! If you are trying to lose weight, you will still be able to treat yourself daily!
BUT WHY NOT COUNT CALORIES?
Well, for instance, 8 oz of chicken and a donut have about the same amount of calories...yet the "macros" are WAAAAAY different! Thinking macros, instead of calories, makes you more aware of what is really worth eating and what is not. You can have McDonalds once a day and get all of your calories, or you can feed and fuel your body with Whole Foods, splurging and eating more frequently to get the same amount of calories. The difference in how you will feel as well as how your body reacts is what really matters.
1 Double Quarter Pounder with cheese
1 Large Fry
1 Large Chocolate Milkshake
2 tbsp Caramel Coffee Creamer
1 cup blueberries
.5 cup White Rice
14 oz Chicken
6 oz Steak
4 tbsp Peanut Butter
18 oz sweet potatoes
1 Package Reeses cups
BOTH EQUAL 2,100 calories.....The difference, and what really matters, is the Macro breakdown....
McDonald's is just one meal, that will fill you up for a couple of hours, while the other approach allows for "treating" and is actually encouraged... Not only do you get more food, you're actually getting more quality as well with the things you still love.
WHY THIS IS BETTER. PERIOD.
All "diets" restrict something, whether that be carbs, fats, or whatever, you are restricting yourself of certain foods. Therefore, most of the time, it is going to be something you do for a couple weeks, then splurge after......let's be honest, we have all done that a time or two, even me. I know the feeling of waiting for your "treat" day so you can eat your favorite foods again. Well this is different, this allows you to eat your favorite foods, and still lose weight. I don't care if your favorite food is Oreos, Reeses, and Cupcakes (I ate that during my contest prep and a lot of my weight loss clients do it, successfully) you can still lose the weight and eat your favorite foods! This approach is no different than when you eat a super structured meal plan when it comes down to short term, but LONG term you will still be practicing these same things and still seeing results.
PROTEIN, PROTEIN, PROTEIN
I talk all the time about the importance of protein (it is the most thermogenic and satiating of all macros) meaning it keeps you full longer and takes the most calories to digest. SOOOOO you have to make this a priority. PERIOD. If you are trying to set your own macros, the general recommendations for each can be found on my platinum membership by clicking here. DON'T FORGET TO LIFT THOSE WEIGHTS!
I hope this helps guys! If you have any questions feel free to email me! If you would like your own flexible dieting meal plan (the only plans I make), then click here for more details!