Flexible Dieting For Beginners In 3 Easy Steps

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First off, I would like to say that once upon a time I was OBSESSED with eating super clean and not going out. It was shortly after I competed for the first time I got a little carried away. It was a STRESSFULL time and VERY DEPRESSING! I would spend HOURS at the gym and cut myself off from the world. It’s what I had to do when I was prepping eating nothing but Boiled chicken and Green beans (YUCK). I no longer do this to myself because I KNOW there’s a better way.

 I wanted to share this because a close friend of my girlfriends was even worse off than I was!

He never went out, drank, or enjoyed life. Even though he got in excellent shape, do you think it was  really worth it? I KNOW IT SURE WASN’T!

He learned the benefits of flexible dieting after putting himself through some really hard times.

This is exactly what I am going to teach you, so you don’t have to suffer like we did.

 

Flexible dieting is designed so that you can ENJOY LIFE all the while still getting into shape. Flexible dieting is all about meeting your macronutrient goals. As long as you actually meet your goals, you can eat what you want.

Now does that mean you should eat an entire tub of ice cream to yourself? Absolutely NOT!

But, you can still fit some of that ice cream into your day as long as you don’t overshoot your goals.

 

One thing you will have to get used to is tracking your food. Without tracking your food, you have no idea if you’re actually reaching your goals. Are you burning fat, or are you retaining fat? This is why you NEED to track your foods, especially when starting out.

 

This best way to do this is by downloading a VERY user-friendly app called MyFitnessPal. It will only take a couple of weeks to track the food you are eating (as long as there’s no major changes). Once you get past the first couple weeks, you shouldn’t have to spend more than 15 minutes on this a day.

 

Another awesome plus to this app is it calculates your macros FOR YOU! All you have to do is fill out the information, and it will tell you how many calories you should be consuming (based on your goals).

 

Just to give you an example If you are a fairly active individual, your breakdown would look something like this:

  • 40% – Carbs
  • 30% – Protein
  • 30% – Fats

Now if you’re the person sitting at work all day and then come home to sit down AGAIN to watch tv (sedentary), your macro breakdown would look something like this:

  • 30% – Carbs
  • 30% – Protein
  • 40% – Fats

Step 1- Download MyFitnessPal

Once you’ve done this, open the app and enter all your email. It will then take you to a screen asking what your goals are. From there, you will be prompted through a series of questions so the app can calculate your macros for you (talked about this earlier).

If you believe the macro calculation does not meet fit your goals, you can always use THIS calculator to adjust it to your liking.

Step 2 – Start Entering Your Food Intake

MyFitnessPal makes the whole process pretty simple. As I said before, the first couple of weeks will be the most challenging because you have to enter everything in. Once you’ve done that, it goes A LOT FASTER!

 

There’s even a barcode scanner for your food!

 

The majority of the food you eat should be whole complete foods. Fruits, vegetables, none processed foods. Check out my Weight Loss In Seven Easy Steps to get a better Idea of what you should be including into your diet.

You can still have the occasional treat as I mentioned before, just make sure It fits your overall goals.

Tip# 1. If you create your own meal, your best option is to put each food in there INDIVIDUALLY.  For example:

Salad– 3 oz chicken, ½ cup spinach, ¼ cup carrots, ½ cup red bell peppers.

 

This is a much more accurate way to do it, otherwise it will prompt you with a chicken salad from multiple different resturants. One could have 250 calories in it while the other one has 700 calories!

 

Tip # 2. Start out by weighing your food. REALLY! I used to think I knew what 3 ounces of chicken looked like before I weighed it out.

Boy was I off!

Once you understand portion sizes (you will), then you can stop doing this. ALWAYS START OFF DOING THIS IN THE BEGINNING!

Tip # 3. Try to plan ahead. Unfortunately, we get busy and forget or run out of time. So, I recommend prepping and logging your food the night before. This way, if anything changes (you eat a piece of unplanned cake) its only a small adjustment you need to make.

Step 3 – Start Incorporating Flexible Dieting

Remember that you should still be eating a lot of whole foods. A good rule of thumb when utilizing this technique is to use 80% whole foods and 20% cheat treats.

If you’re a little over or a little under don’t freak out. This is merely a guideline.

I can guarantee you are MUCH closer to hitting your goals now that you are utilizing this technique.

Alright, that wraps up flexible dieting! 

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