All good in theory, and if you have a sound grasp of nutrition than it will certainly work out for you but here’s why this is a bad choice for beginners who lack good nutritional knowledge
Let’s face it, weighing out your cuts of meat, handfuls of rice etc. and wondering how big that apple is you had after lunch is annoying. No one wants to have to do that for the rest of their lives, do they? A successful eating strategy has to be one which you can stick too forever.
When you have a specific number in your head (remember, the number is probably a nonsense anyway) it’s more than likely you will use that number to justify eating absolute trash. After all, if it doesn’t take you over your limit it’s ok to eat it right? Well not quite. That might work if all calories were created equally, but we know that isn’t true. I won’t get into the “is a calorie just a calorie” debate here but does anyone honestly believe that 2000kcal of broccoli would have the same effect on your body as 2000kcal of Coca-Cola? Of course not, that would be stupid..
So what should I do instead?
- Don’t get hung up on how much you are eating
- Stick to real food. Lean meats, green veg, nuts, seeds, good quality carbohydrates like white rice/sweet potato.
- Earn those carbohydrates. Only eat them on a day you have trained or will train
- Drink lots of water, cravings for bad food are often simply a side effect of dehydration.
- Don’t eat for the sake of it. If you aren’t hungry when you wake up, don’t just eat breakfast because you feel its what you should do.
- Eat when hungry, stop when full.
You will make great progress following these rules while following a tailored training program and you won’t have to spend half of your day doing annoying math problems and putting food on scales.
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