[disclaim] Disclaimer: I am NOT an expert, dietitian or nutritionist! [/disclaim]
When reading this post, do keep in mind I am only sharing what works for me. I would advise you to do your own research and always discuss any changes with your doctor prior to engaging in any activity mentioned in this post.
Before I discussed any workouts, I wanted to make a separate post on nutrition. Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand, therefore I wanted to let you guys in on my “nutrition plan.” I want to start off by saying just because you eat “clean” does not mean you’re healthy. And just because you like to eat snacks (like me), does not mean you will not be able to tone your body. I honestly eat what I want and I’ve been able to drastically change the appearance of my body. Want to know how? Keep on reading (it’s a long one)!
Prior to making a lifestyle change, I literally ate any and everything in sight. After gaining a few pounds and dealing with some intestinal issues, I decided to change the way I ate permanently. The first thing I did was decide to only drink water. For about 3 years now I haven’t had any juice, milk, soda or anything other than water, tea and occasionally a patron margarita haha. The next thing I did was cut out beef and pork. This was pretty easy for me because I’ve never been a huge fan of meat anyway. My protein intake mainly comes from fish and very seldom chicken or turkey. As far as dairy, I don’t directly consume any because not only am I lactose intolerant, but oddly, I hate the taste of cheese and milk. So after cutting those out of my diet, I promise I saw weight drop instantly! I will say that I am not a clean eater, and if I’m craving something I eat it! I’m not about depriving myself or following a strict diet, yet I’ve figured out a way to eat what I want and still stay toned and I had to share it with you guys!
Fast forward to 2015, I was then introduced to counting macros by a friend of mine. What does counting macros consist of I’m sure you’re thinking? Well.. macro is short for macro-nutrients which consists of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Therefore, counting macros simply means tracking the amount of macro-nutrients (carbs, fat and protein) you intake daily. What I love about this method is you can literally eat whatever you want “if fits in your macros (IIFYM)” also known as flexible dieting. That means if you’re like me and enjoy indulging in candy, chips and any other glutinous carb, you can still have them as long you don’t go over your carb intake for the day! This “diet” works best for me because I literally can not give up candy and the fact that I can incorporate it into my daily intake makes me even forget that I’m on a diet. In my opinion, diets are mind over matter and because I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything, I’m actually able to stick with it. Now I could go on and on about macros, but I advise to do your own research to make sure this is the best method for you if you’re interested in dieting.
I’ve been doing this on and off for over a year now so I’m pretty good at keeping a mental diary, but when I first began tracking my macros I entered all of my food intake into MyFitnessPal found in the App Store and Google Play. This app allows you to enter in your daily goals of calories and you’re able to track your intake by entering in your food in a “food diary.” A typical day in my food diary consists of:
- 2 organic boiled eggs
- 2 slices of turkey bacon
- some type of carb i.e fruit, rice cakes or whatever I decide for the day.
- Some sort of protein such as Salmon (my favorite), shrimp, grilled/baked chicken or ground turkey
- half a cup of brown rice and broccoli (or whatever veggie I chose).
- Kit Kats
- Literally everything lol
- Dinner is pretty identical to lunch except I do not eat carbs for dinner.
I also take a multivitamin to ensure I am getting nutrients in for the day.
This is normally what I eat during the week. On the weekends I pretty much eat out, but I still make sure I track my macros. So there’s my secret.. tracking macros! This on top of going to the gym at least 3/4x a week keeps me in optimal shape and the best part is, I can eat what I want :D.
Again, I do advise you to do your own research before considering tracking macros. If you’re also interested in our workouts, make sure you visit the blog next week we will be sharing our gym tips and tricks!