You don’t need a pick-me-up snack or double shot to push past the 3 p.m. slump.
You feel strong in your workouts and you impress your coaches!
You are confident in the way you eat! You know it’s supporting you (you see it and feel it!), not holding you back from seeing results.
You don’t feel like you need to “earn” your food and embrace the fact you need fuel for your body.
You eat a wide variety of foods that you love and don’t feel limited by lists of “allowed” foods.
These are just some of the common benefits my clients experience after learning a macros approach.
Wanda was the girl who felt like she could eat whatever she wanted as long as she was training for a race. She convinced herself that she had to “earn the carbs,” so you can imagine the off season, and eventually, off-days, looked pretty low-carb and low-calorie. She felt shame and guilt for losing control and overeating, but there were times she simply couldn’t fight the cravings and hunger!
After diving into a macros approach and learning exactly how much food she needed to be eating to fuel for and recover from her training, Wanda no longer oscillates between undereating and overeating. She said “goodbye” to the workout day and rest day versions of her diet and “hello” to faster race times, quicker recoveries and a leaner, stronger body.
You can picture my face when she told me her trainer prescribed a very low-carb diet capped at 1200 calories and said “hunger is the symptom of fat loss” and that “it’s working” and to just “keep going” with her 6 sometimes 7 day-a-week workout schedule. Between years of apple cider vinegar, ketone pills, and appetite suppressants, it a while for us to rework the fundamentals of properly fueling her body so her because she was bogged down with misinformation from people she trusted!
Mary would tell you she wouldn’t even recognize that old version of herself anymore. She’s eating 2-2.5 times as much as her old trainer had advised and properly supporting her metabolism, hormones and active lifestyle. She’s developed a strong, fit physique all without chastising herself for “overeating”.
If her coach gave her a calorie goal or a meal plan, she made up her mind to commit to it. But, when she plateaued with weight loss she was left frustrated and confused. The thought she just must be “doing it wrong” and answer was simply to get more strict and restrictive. Each time, her “allowed” food list got smaller and smaller because her stomach couldn’t seem to tolerate different foods – what gives!
Dana is done with and will never go back to a cookie cutter plan again! At 5’9”, of course she needed personalized macronutrient recommendations! She is eating more than she ever has in her adult life and effortlessly maintains a stronger, leaner and fitter body composition as a result. Strict and restrictive only led to digestive issues but with more calories and variety, her body healed itself from the inside.
Would you be willing to eat more:
- whole foods
- on rest days
… to see change you want to see?
They were. And life is exponentially better.