Last Friday’s weather was glorious.
Most of us love a bit of sunshine and warm weather.
And with the warm weather…we started to take off the layers to keep cool.
Which meant we were wearing more revealing clothes.
And it’s always days like this, that we start to tell ourselves we should be eating a little healthier and being a little more active.
But the thought of having to just eat salads, carrots and bland chicken makes you want to run for the hills (not literally ha).
That’s not living.
You are just punishing yourself for no reason whatsoever.
Because getting in great shape doesn’t have to be torture through diet.
It can actually be quite fun.
It can even involve you eating ice cream, burgers, and doughnuts.
Yes, you read that correctly.
But you can’t just do it intuitively.
Where you eyeball/guestimate/ try to wing a diet.
And to be able to include a few of your favourite foods, you just need to do one activity that takes no more than 2-3 minutes each day.
I would say that’s a fair time investment.
I’m sure you’ve figured out what I’m going to say if you’ve read my blogs before and that the answer is….
Keep A Food Diary!
More specifically…track your calories.
No, it’s not obsessive.
Just like you watch the numbers on your bank account, use figures at work, and keep an eye on a speedometer & compare it to road signs.
The examples go on and on.
We use numbers every day because they help us achieve an outcome.
They guarantee results.
And dieting is no different.
Make it as easy as it’s ever been because you get to eat your favourite foods.
Figure out your calories first.
As you’ve opened this blog title “dieting” I will presume you want weight/fat loss so we will go with that.
Weigh yourself first thing in the morning, after the loo and before consuming any liquid or food.
Get this scale weight in total pounds e.g. 150lb
To start with…times this figure by 12 if you are active….10 if you sit on your arse all day.
e.g. 150 x 12 = 1800 calories a day….150 x 10 = 1500kcal calories.
This is your individualised figure to create an energy deficit, that keeps you feeling full and energised enough, yet seeing dramatic pound & inch losses.
To make it even better, we need to nail your macronutrients (protein, fats & carbs).
Download a free app to help you achieve this.
Myfitnesspal is excellent.
In the settings…punch in your daily calorie figure using the above calculation.
Then in settings, make protein 40% of your daily diet.
And carbs and fats 30% each.
This means you don’t have to give up any types of food.
No more cutting carbs!! YAY!
Try and eat healthy most of the time, lean protein & vegetables, carbs that have naturally grown and not man-made.
This will keep you feeling full and healthy.
But you’ll notice you’ll have some calories left over…and this is the best bit…it can be whatever you want it to be.
As long as you don’t go over your calorie limit.
Just like you don’t drive over the speed limit in your car because you don’t want repercussions.
How simple is that?!
The small caveat is that it HAS to be done 7 days a week – not just when you remember.
Achieve the results you expect when you go on a diet, but now get to eat your favourite foods.
Saying bye-bye to horrible diets that never work.