My ultimate favorite thing is when people say, “Wow *insert name* looks so good, I need to eat like him/her!!”. This line really gets me because what works for one person, does not always work for another person. Weight loss isn’t as simple as lowering calories in and raising calories out. There is no blanket diet that will be 100% effective for every single person, so eating just like someone else is not the answer for making personal changes. You are you, and you are special and different from everyone else, so you need to eat in your own way. Nutrition should never be one size fits all, because people need to do different things at different times in their lives.
If you want to make a change nutritionally so that you can look and feel better, then there are many factors you need to consider. The first is what is your goal? Is it to lose fat or is it to be at your best performance for whatever activity in which you enjoy participating? If it is the first then you need to figure out what your end goal is(i.e do you want to become leaner at the weight you are at? Do you want to lose weight only? etc.) and then you need to find the appropriate caloric intake and macronutrients at that calorie level. (I will talk about the performance related goal in another post) Starving yourself is not the answer, I promise you. Other factors that come into play are the amount of sleep you are getting, the types of food you are eating, how much and how often you are exercising, how hydrated you are, and your stress levels(I will talk about stress and sleep in another post as well).
Let’s focus in here on macronutrients, ‘macros’. These are the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that can be found in the food items you are eating. They make up the amount of calories in the foods and beverages you consume. These numbers will change person to person based on desired weight of a person and how often and how intensely a person works out a week. I have been tracking my macros for about a year now, and I can honestly say that I have gotten pretty good results from doing so. I will admit I have not been 100% strict the entire year, and there have been periods of around 1.5 weeks at a time where I would not be tracking very well at all. It is not an easy thing to do, it takes commitment and can be rather tedious, but it is definitely worth it. I feel my best when I am tracking macro numbers, and I also eat better foods(85% of the time, I love my junk food so I do add those things in when I can). I actually eat a lot of food everyday, and believe it or not, I actually lose weight!! Yes you read that correctly I am not starving myself and I am losing weight, because I am fueling my body properly for the amount of work I am doing. So stop starving yourself and start feeding yourself properly for your activity levels.
I am not someone in the position to tell you what your macros or your calories should be because I have not been trained to do that sort of thing. I am just here to share the knowledge I have and share my personal stories. Also please do not take setting your numbers into your own hands, please look for professional advice and help because this is something that should be done with all the correct knowledge. If you all are curious about macros, feel free to comment below and I can post something answering your questions, but also feel free to do some research. Follow my hyperlinks as well that are in this post because I have attached some websites with good information that may help answer some questions you may have. Sorry this was a long one, but thank you for reading and I hope you all enjoyed!!