Allowing yourself some freedom with your diet can be very helpful for your mind and your body. However, overdoing it can set you back.
To be completely honest, I don't like the term "cheat meal." Cheating automatically implies that you're doing something wrong and you should feel guilty about it. When in fact, you're actually not cheating on your diet; you're merely allowing yourself some freedom, which makes your nutrition regimen more sustainable and sometimes your body actually needs it. Some people like to call cheat meals free meals, treat meals, splurges, maintenance meals, etc. Whatever you call it, make it so that you don't feel guilty about what you're doing and can still follow these guidelines:
If you're dragging in the gym, your body may have completely exhausted your g...
In general, macros (short for macronutrients) are the molecules that our bodies use for energy (aka calories) ---They include protein, carbohydrates, and fat. They are found in all foods in varying amounts.
Carbohydrates provide 4 calories per gram
Protein provides 4 calories per gram
Fat provides 9 calories per gram
Download my free Macronutrient Guidebook if you want help figuring out which foods have what macros and tips for hitting your targets.
Some people have started counting macros, instead of calories; because when you count macros, it's not about how many calories are in your food, it's about what kind. Research now shows that all calories are not created equal and our bodies use each macronutrient in different ways.
Each macronutrient goes through different pathways...
Beginning a diet can be exciting, but what many people often overlook is that it’s a lifelong journey. It’s not a diet, but more of a lifestyle change. It’s about finding the balance between life and your health goals. And the truth is that there will always be challenges, and they can be a bit overwhelming at times. It can be a quick downhill slope if you aren’t realistic about your goals, and you could find yourself back at square one. Here are some tips I’ve developed that can help you succeed with starting a diet…and sticking to it:
1. Set realistic goals
We all know that the weight didn’t come on overnight, so why do we try to lose it overnight? Break your goals down into smaller increments. If you want to lose 100 lbs, it might feel like eternity for you to get there. But if you say I...