Let’s talk about food baby, let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the ways in which you’re the same as everybody else and you don’t need a special snowflake plan.
If I hear one more time “I tried tracking my macros and it didn’t work for me,” I’ll probably write another passive aggressive facebook post and hope the person I’m angry at sees it and realises the error of their ways.
How can it “not work for you”? Are you somehow exempt from the laws of thermodynamics? Are you the first person in the history of the world to not be bound by the laws of physics??
At its absolute core every diet is the same and follows the same basic underlying principle. “Manipulate food intake in some way so that you eat less calories than your body needs to maintain its current weight.” EVERY diet does that. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
Now some people will argue that calories don’t matter. Them people and the anti-vaccers should be dropped off on an island to populate amongst themselves while the logical amongst us will live blissful lives, away from the mind numbing arguments that they regularly spout.
RULE NUMBER 1: CALORIES ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WHEN YOU’RE DIETING.
That’s not to say that you have to track your calories. For the most part you probably don’t. For the most part you just need to not eat like a child who has become aware of gummy bears for the first time in their life and you’ll be fine.
If you don’t want to track your calories you could probably get away with just eating foods that are naturally low in calories ie. Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, non starchy carbohydrates and you’ll be grand. Fat loss doesn’t need to be complicated.
If that doesn’t work then here’s where tracking what you’re eating is going to help. Track your calories using one of the roughly 17,000 apps that can help you do that for a whole week, don’t lie to the app, the app knows the truth. Find your average calories for that week. Did you put on weight, lose weight or maintain weight in that week? If you put on or maintained weight then next week make sure your average calorie consumption is lower. If you lost weight, then good job you’re doing great.
RULE NUMBER 2: PROTEIN IS REALLY IMPORTANT
Alright, so now that the scales is moving the right way, let’s see if we can make you look better too.
Protein, it builds muscle, helps you recover quicker from training, is delicious and makes your fats capable of clearing most buildings.
For protein consumption let’s aim for 2 grams of protein, per kg of bodyweight per day. If you weigh 60kg then eat 120grams of protein a day.
That coupled with keeping your calories in check will get most people further than they ever thought they possible could.
RULE NUMBER 3: PROTEIN TO GROW, CARBS TO GO
You need carbs for energy, they’re not bad for you, they’re really important. Eat them. Again, keep it to within your total daily calories and you’re going to be grand lads.
RULE NUMBER 4: FATS ARE DELICIOUS AND GOOD FOR YOU.
Eat them, keep then within your daily calorie limit. Job oxo.
So there you go. Can you follow 4 rules? If it means you don’t have to cut out all the foods you look or eat zero carbs forever? 4 rules. Stick to them.