It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Sounds lame but it’s true. I still feel like eating “healthy” is a diet because you can feel restricted. Really anything you eat is your “diet”. The thing is, if you want to eat healthy you can’t just have a fly by the seat of your pants mentality. I think that’s where the lifestyle part comes into play. You have to think and plan your meals, at least one day at a time. About two months ago, I began counting my macros. Trust me, I would not be able to do it without the My Macros Plus app for iPhone. Using The My Fitness Pal app works as well. There are several different calculators available online to figure up what numbers you should use. Everyone’s bodies and needs are going to be different, but a macros calculator is a good starting point! Most likely, there will be some trial and error as you get going and you should stay on one plan for at least 4 weeks before mixing it up. My macros are a collaboration of studies I’ve read about, tips from more experienced friends and what I already know about my body. One of the most surprising aspects of this so far is how quickly my body has changed. By the end of the first week, I could see more definition in my muscles. By the end of the first month, I started to see abs. Yes, abs! ? Not much changed as far as working out during that first month. I was making it to the gym 2-3 times a week if I was lucky. And, yes, there were weeks I didn’t go at all. It’s truly amazing how much your diet alone can impact your body’s appearance and functionality. Now that my body fat percentage has decreased, my focus is on staying lean and building muscle. The goal is not to turn into the Hulk, (which I don’t think my genetics would even allow) but to maintain a healthy weight, get stronger and to look good, duh ?. To stay on track meal planning and prep are HUGE. These things are not rocket science but they do seem to be the first thing to fall through the cracks. They’re the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and they’re way harder than going to the gym. Some people are pros and plan out their meals for the entire month. I’d like to get to that point some day but, I think it’s more realistic for me to try it a week at a time! ?
If anyone has any tips or questions, I’m listening!