The first thing everyone wants to do when it comes to losing weight is CUT calories. Something that I prefer not to do, because I love to eat. If you know me, I go out to eat more often than not or at least I used to. Now I keep that for the weekends and I keep my weekdays for a LARGE amount of quality calories.
What do I mean by quality calories? Stop putting empty calories in your body, or calories that do not provide your body with essential nutrients. I’m someone that believes more in how a certain food effects the processes of the body rather than the amount of certain macros that I’ve eaten.
Don’t get me wrong, I am cautious to how many grams of certain macros I take in, but I don’t feel that it is necessary to count them if you are just trying to loss weight and be healthier.
For example my normal day of eating goes like this
- 8am- 4-5 eggs, oatmeal or whole grain bread, peanut butter
- 11am- apple if I am hungry
- 12:30-1pm- some sort of meat (normally beef or turkey), veggies, healthy fat (avocado normally)
- 3pm- protein bar or protein shake
- 6pm- same thing as lunch but normally with a sweet potato or brown rice
This normally keeps me around the same bodyweight, and it gives me the ability to eat a lot, because I eat until I am FULL. Now, obviously there are small adjustments for different goals, but right now, I can lose weight with this by simply changing up my daily training.
Now, one weekend I ate absolutely terrible.
- Ate normal through lunch
- Went to Taco Bell at 3 with my brother
- Went to Cebollas for dinner
- Pancakes and bacon for breakfast
- Subway for lunch
- Steak for dinner
Even though Saturday nights dinner wasn’t “cheating” for me, it was still a pretty rough weekend. But I was DOWN 2 pounds on Sunday. Which does tell me that I have been able to speed my metabolism up, but guess what? I LOOKED and FELT like crap.
Even though I lost weight, I looked like I had gained 4 pounds. That doesn’t make any sense! It’s because I took in mostly poor quality calories. After Sunday being back on track, I was able to get back more to normal on Monday.
Sometimes a lower weight does not mean that you’ll look better. Stop worrying about the scale and worry about seeing progress in the mirror and how you feel.