This is part three of a series on Flexible dieting. If you missed them, be sure to check out part 1 and part 2. My hopes are that through this series you learn the basics that make up flexible dieting, why I believe in it, ways to improve your metabolism, and how you can make it work for you (tips and tricks included!). Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the upcoming posts in the series!
In the first two posts I described to you what flexible dieting is and the exact way to track your macros. Today, I am going to show you how you can fit flexible dieting into YOUR life, because after all if you can’t make it fit into your lifestyle it’s not going to work!
The beauty of Flexible dieting is just that, its flexible. Whether you are trying to lose weight, improve your physique, or working to build your metabolic capacity, you need to actively watch your nutritional intake. The problem is that not everyone likes the same foods, needs the same amount of protein, enjoys cooking etc…
Everyone is different and I understand that. I go through phases where I eat the same thing every day for about a month, and then all of a sudden I need to change everything up. I know people who feel like they have no time to cook or think about meals and simply want someone to tell them what to eat day in and day out. There are people who can’t stand to eat the same thing two days in a row, let alone be told what to eat. There are even some people who cook all of their food for the upcoming week on Sunday and pack it in Tupperware containers to stay on track throughout the work week. Other people just want to eat what they feel like eating at that very moment in time, with no planning ahead whatsoever. The point is, everyone lives a different life and therefore needs a way to meet their nutritional and physique goals that is realistic.
Once you understand your macros and how to appropriately keep track of them, you can do whatever you want! If you truly hate to think about food and meals then you should figure out a complete day and make the same thing day in and day out (think meal plan). If you like to cook all of your meals ahead of time, then you should cook them all ahead of time and track a full week at a time. If you wake up and want eggs and toast today but oatmeal and a protein shake tomorrow then just plan it out!
More importantly what I have learned through dieting for figure is that the world revolves around food! I never noticed it until I was strictly dieting, but every time people get together whether in celebration, mourning, or something in between, you can bet that food is involved. Tracking my macros has allowed me to maintain my nutrition goals while not giving up my social life. Often when you are on a ‘diet’ it is next to impossible to eat out at a restaurant. Lucky for flexible dieters, many restaurants now put nutritional information online. Which means all you need to do is pick what you want to eat ahead of time and fit it into your numbers. No more skipping meals out with friends for fear of food!
A common concern a lot of my clients have is: “I need to cook for my family how can I do that if I’m trying to lose weight?” Using flexible dieting you are no longer relegated to eating chicken and asparagus while your family enjoys a delicious and completely separate meal. You can create meals that everyone will enjoy and portion it out to fit your macro numbers for that particular meal. In fact, down to the day of my last figure show (when dieting is extremely strict) I was eating the same thing as everyone around me (just less of it!).
Most “diets” are about restrictions and rigid rules, which is why they don’t work and people don’t stick to them. Flexible dieting is different, because it’s just that, flexible. All it takes is some initial planning and you can stick to your flexible diet plan without anyone around you knowing you’re doing anything different than they are.
Readers: Do you eat the same foods often or are you constantly trying new things? What aspects of fitting a diet into your lifestyle do you find the hardest?