Believe it or not, it is possible to eat whatever and whenever you want and still lose weight. Here is how.
Defining Flexible Dieting:
When it comes to Dieting for weight loss, most diet programs prioritize the wrong thing. They emphasize what foods you can or can’t eat, while neglecting the most crucial aspect of dieting. In reality, how much you eat matters much more than what you eat.
One large apple has the same amount of calories as a McDonald’s sausage patty.
Now you might be asking: “Does this mean I can eat a diet comprised entirely of Twinkies and Skittles as long as I don’t exceed my daily caloric needs?” Not quite. There’s a condition. You must eat the correct ratio of macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats – in order to Lose Weight in a sustainable way. This is also known as “hitting your macros” for short. With that said, as long as meet your macronutrient requirements, you can avoid cutting foods like pizza or ice cream out of your diet. This simple yet effective method of dieting is called Flexible Dieting.
This method of dieting has been around for many years and is still being used by competitive bodybuilders and fitness models. Interested? Let’s get straight to how it works:
- Calculate how many calories you need to eat daily in order to lose weight.
- Next, divide your total daily caloric intake into a ratio of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
No matter what you eat, as long as you hit your macro targets, weight loss will occur. How cool is that?
Why this is the way to go
Keep your muscles
While other dieting programs focus purely on weight loss, Flexible dieting also emphasizes maintaining muscle mass. Ladies, this means keeping that toned look while losing the flab. Guys, this means preserving that hard-earned muscle while getting shredded.
Keep your sanity and stay guilt free
Most people quit dieting because they inevitably cave in to their cravings. As previously mentioned, flexible dieting allows you to occasionally indulge in your guilty pleasures, granted that you eat within your caloric means. Cake, pizza, chocolate, you name it, can all be a part of your diet. However, you will find that “eating healthy” makes hitting your macros that much easier.
Because this approach is not as restrictive as traditional diet programs, it is easier to maintain. Rather than going through an endless cycle of losing weight only to regain it later, leanness can be sustained over long periods of time. This means thatstaying lean all year round is possible if you so choose.
For more information, check out part 1 of our Beginner’s Guide To Diet And Training. There, we go more in depth about how you can calculate everything and apply this to your lifestyle.
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