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8 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Tracking Macros

 

I first came across the concept of tracking macros (also known as flexible dieting) at the end of my 2nd bikini competition prep. I was energetically drained from months of pounding skinless chicken breasts and egg whites. I’m not even exaggerating here… I ended my prep eating 11 oz of egg whites at breakfast… it was awful and, to be honest, I couldn’t hear the words ‘egg whites’ without feeling sick for a long time after. 

Anyway, the idea that I could actually eat foods I loved and reach my fitness goals really appealed to me. I felt like I needed more balance and less restrictions. I was tired of having to sprint past the bakery in the grocery store to avoid looking my cravings right in the face. 

When I finally took the leap and switched to flexible dieting, I achieved my best physique yet and I felt SO much better doing it. I found myself better able to manage cravings and enjoy life while reaching my physique...

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Why the 1200 Calorie Diet Plan is Bogus and What to Do Instead

diet flexible dieting Jun 07, 2019
 

As an experienced training and nutrition coach and fitness instructor, I was absolutely amazed when I discovered how many articles were out there advising women to use a 1200 calorie diet to lose weight. Allow me to break down all of the reasons why you SHOULDN'T follow this plan and how to pursue your weight loss goals instead. 

Nutrient and Caloric Needs

First off, a little background information you need to make an informed decision about this plan: your body uses calories even when you're just sitting on the couch or sleeping. Calories aren't just burned from physical activity. Your body requires calories (energy), just to complete its normal daily processes, such as digestion. It also requires a certain amount of nutrients to perform these processes smoothly and regularly. 

The magic number here is 1200. Your body NEEDS 1200 calories just to ensure its getting the bare minimum number of nutrients it needs in order to survive and function properly. 

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