Diet is the foundation of the theoretical hierarchy of fitness. Chances are, if you are working out and not seeing the results you want, your nutrition needs to get dialed in.
Are you eating for pleasure or purpose? Think of the food we eat as the fuel that drives our health and fitness goals. When we eat purposefully, to promote our fitness, we give our body the best fuel for success.
3 Steps to Dial in Your Diet:
1) Pay Attention to What you Eat
Tracking your daily macros (fat, carbs, protein) helps you to pay attention to what you eat. It gives your nutrition plan focus, and helps you to eat the right things in the right amounts. By focusing on the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons you will begin to see the positive changes, and faster progress that you are looking for.
2) Planning & Preparation
The more our daily routine gets dialed in, the easier it becomes to plan meals, meal prep ahead of time, and even to plan out our macros for the day with the knowledge of our daily macro goals.
With “flexible dieting” you can add in otherwise less ideal food choices in one meal, say a glass of wine with dinner, because you know how your daily macros add up to still meet your goals.
Planning out each meal lets you tweak one meal’s macros to account for what you want to eat in a different meal that day so your total daily macros add up to you staying on track.
Executing your nutrition plan is a game of trial and error—a kind of daily dance consisting of: trying new foods, new recipes, and a variety of combinations to hit your macro goals. Executing your plan means risking failure, and daring to make mistakes. It takes starting over each time you take a wrong step by refocusing on your goals (your “why”) and reaffirming your desire to take a new step tomorrow.
I have always enjoyed the line from the Scent of a Woman: “No mistakes in the tango, darling, not like life. It’s simple. That’s what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, get all tangled up, just tango on.”
Is your nutrition fueling your progress? Learn to track your macros, to plan and prepare ahead of time, and to execute: put your plan into action.
The process of tracking your macros becomes easier and easier as it becomes a part of your daily routine. If you need help, just reach out to me.