The fitness world is fighting over macros vs calories vs meal plans and meal timings, brown rice vs white rice, you name it! Meanwhile many are still struggling to even find a healthy mental place with food, maybe it’s you. What I often see with people who figured it out, they push their views on others and give them a way that won’t work for anyone but themselves. They lack understanding how individual minds don’t think a like, which is my mind is one of the best things of life. So when we stop seeing potential bodies, and look at potential minds, we can find the best way to help someone. Sure the body can be pushed and fueled but we cannot great every mind equally.
So what it comes down to is consistency and adherence for an individual, none two alike.
Let’s say someone says to me they want to try Keto because their colleague did it and lost a bunch of weight. But when I ask them their favorite foods, they list off starches, carbs, and sweets. It’s just a matter of how long they can handle it, or how bad they want it. Most won’t last, which will just lead them into a place of guilt or shame. Don’t follow a diet that WON’T WORK FOR YOU. Stop asking coaches to give you a diet plan but only check in with them 1x a week, UNLESS you have extreme discipline and ability to adhere. A lot of people will need a lot of hand holding, and some even need medical professionals, or at least a strong and supportive community.
Dieting SHOULD have no black and white boundaries. Living in the GRAY will give you absolute freedom for the Average Joe. For competitors and athletes, the more high your goals are, the more time you spend outside of the gray. But I’ve learned a long time ago probably most of your friends don’t want to be bodybuilders, they just want to look and feel good, and have a healthy relationship with food.
Dietary fat helps with: ▪️Immunity, wound healing
▪️Regulation of the menstrual cycle
▪️Growth of facial hair
And a lot more!
So why are we so willing to cut it from our diets
Fat is an essential nutrient. By consuming less than 20% of our daily calorie intake from it, we run the risk of the above.
A good, balanced macronutrient split is essential when embarking on any diet.
Prioritise health, not just fat loss.
Broccoli mash, peri peri chicken and a side of our Bruce Lean shake- lunch GOALS!🙌👌
The broccoli mash is made with almond milk for those who are lactose intolerant.
The Bruce Lean shake macros are:
A had a great chat with a client yesterday about perspective and how much it matters when we've started doing something that doesn't serve us, food-wise, and can either go off the rails or reign it in.
When we go off-track just a little bit, we can view it as a failure - this is the common approach. The problem with this is, if we've already failed, we might as well just give up and try again tomorrow.
If we instead view it as a challenge or an opportunity, we can stop before things go to far and view what was originally perceived as a "failure" as a success.
I'll share a personal anecdote as an example:
Sunday, I was hanging out at Brooklyn Bridge Park with my roommate and some friends. My plan was to eat something light beforehand (which I did), enjoy having some fun in the sun (which I did), and then go home for dinner.
Something happened, though: our frisbee broke, so I ended up sitting on a blanket and hanging out. No big deal, except I was seated right next to an open, tasty-looking bag of tortilla chips and a massive container of guacamole. "I'll just have a few" turned into, "oh, Lord - how many chips have I had Did I just eat all the guac" I started feeling full. Not quite uncomfortable, but very much aware that I'd eaten a lot of food.
When I got home, I heard my inner dialogue: "you've hardly eaten anything but crap all day - you should eat something healthy" was one justification I tried making for overeating. Another, "eh, it was an off day - you can eat a little more, scratch the itch, and then get back on track tomorrow" was another.
Then, however, perspective kicked in. I checked in with myself, realized I was not physically hungry, and decided to just stop. I brushed my teeth, watched Game of Thrones, went to bed, and woke up the next day having done no real harm to my diet.
The best part of that experience is that when I woke up on Monday, I felt great about myself and my choices. I didn't feel physically bloated, I didn't feel shame or regret about overeating because even though things weren't PERFECT, I was able to stop before things got out of hand.
I share this not to pat myself on the back for eating tortilla chi