Currently, I am on a mission to get into the best shape I possibly can. I have been fit and I have been fat – back and forth several times throughout my life. What this means is that I have a ton of working knowledge (life experience – if you will!) with how to “get fit” and be healthy… and along the way I’ve also learned a lot about consistency, (or lack there of, haha…) determination and pushing past what holds people back. It was around January of this year that I finally got tired of being inconsistent, of the excuses of why I was gaining weight, not fitting in my clothes, feeling fat and sluggish and disgusted. I knew a lot about nutrition, good fats and bad fats, grains vs processed breads… blah, blah… all the textbook stuff I could recite to anyone. But, my excuse was none of that worked for ME. It was time to figure out what I was doing wrong and how to fix it. For me, that answer was flexible dieting.
That was around when I was hearing a lot about flexible dieting, and I was curious. Through social media, I found a WFBB pro Brittni Shae. I liked what she had to say and how successful she has been in the pro fitness world, aaand the fact the she is lean AF while eating pretty much whatever she wants. I was intrigued! How can this really work?
If you know me at all, you’d know that I grew up in a very holistic and “natural” foods environment. I was taught (and strongly believe) that food is fuel and what you put in your body directly effects how it functions, grows and you feel. The farther along I get with my Precision Nutrition certification, I believe it more and more! So, it was hard to fathom that people who ate Cap’n Crunch cereal and poptarts could be strong, healthy AND lean! However, after a little research and personal experience, now I understand… and I love it!
(There is a lot to learn, at first, about Flexible Dieting or Macro counting, but once you understand it, it makes complete sense. There isn’t any need for me to go into complete detail or description of it here. There are a few other people who have already done that, and so expertly, it’s best for you to do a little research on it yourself. There is a TON of information out there on flexible dieting and a wide variety of people who coach on it. My suggestion is to look around, google search, find a few people you like and their style (see who fits you!) read up on what each site has to say and go with who & what works for you.
One of the sites that I like best is www.ledbetterinc.com. Another site for good all around info is simply www.iifym.com. When I first started, I got a lot of my information (and my first macros) from following Brittni Shae, WBFF pro. Her site is www.bshaefit.com. (FYI: I do not get paid for promoting any of these people or their sites, I just like how their information is presented.) These are just to name a few… the key is to make sure that where you are getting your information is credible, experienced and properly credentialed. (meaning, make sure they know what they are talking about and walk the walk 🙂 )
Here’s what I like best… Flexible dieting is just that…. Flexible! It allows you to still have an Oreo when you really crave one, or pasta for dinner, or whatever your taste buds desire – as long as it fits into your “macros” for the day. Basically, macros are the macronutrients your body needs on a daily basis to function properly and give you energy. Macros are your proteins, carbs and fats. When eaten in a balanced manner, your body will begin to function at a higher level and much more efficiently. Obviously, the majority of your macros need to come from high quality, real, natural sources in order for your body to operate well and be healthy. But, the beauty of this is that you can also incorporate the foods that make your taste buds happy too. Cause, let’s face it, people eat food not nutrients.
What it has done for me… Over the last few months, I have been able to gain control over my eating. I have been able to make choices on what to eat without the guilt of eating something I “shouldn’t” be. I can adjust my macros throughout the day based on what’s happening in my life. I never feel deprived. I have also been able to watch and feel my body changing, leaning out, feeling stronger, having more natural energy. I can go out to eat with my boys and fit what they want to eat with what I need to eat. That, in itself, is everything!
Is it hard? With anything new, there is going to be an adjustment period. It is a little bit of work, in the beginning, getting used to counting, measuring, weighing and tracking everything. I can’t say that I haven’t been frustrated a time or two (hahaha, just ask my husband about how I’m freaking out cause it’s taking me an hour to put together food for my overnight shift…) BUT, it DOES get easier over time. You do find a few go-to meals, that once you know the numbers are easy to grab and grub. And it IS worth it. I know, in time, this is what will give me the body that I have been working toward and dreaming of for a long time.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions with flexible dieting and how to get started. I will help you the best I can!