We shared the 10 Principles of Results Based Nutrition in the last blog post that sets the foundation for lifestyle-based changes.
(You can check it out HERE)
How you look, feel and perform is not about what you do, it’s more about WHO YOU BECOME!
“What does that even mean Will?”
You may do something for 6-8 weeks and see changes but that’s not enough to make it part of your every day lifestyle. A habit is something you do regardless if your day is stressful, good, bad or challenging.
When you can take action on your goals despite your feelings, mood, and thoughts then you set yourself up to succeed long term.
You see, during duress we fall to the lowest level of our training and habits. Those days will come whether we like it or not and so you have to be prepared for them and create a foundation that is sturdy and will allow you to succeed through challenges (rather than wishing you don’t encounter them).
To see and feel changes that are permanent we have to become that person (this is change that requires a mental shift and takes longer than just weeks – even though you’ll see and feel your body changing before that).
Make sure you go and check out the phase #1 foundational principles blog and infographic HERE.
These will build a strong foundation and get you some serious results!
The next step is understanding how your meals should look like and helping you develop the simple foundation for what to eat without making you overwhelmed with calories, macronutrient breakdowns, etc.
Here’s the problem with calorie counting…
To find out the “calories in” side of things you need to figure out how many calories are in the foods that you eat. This takes charts, apps, websites, scans, databases and math. It’s becoming easier but its still extra work and planning your lunch becomes extra math work.
Does that excite you?
Exactly. Most people get frustrated before they start and they are already fearful about changing their habits in order to lose fat and make it a lifestyle.
Add counting calories on top of meal preparation, habit change, training, family, kids, etc…and the overwhelm is through the roof before you even start.
Does this sound like something that has happened to you in the past?
Not to mention, research shows that most labeling and sites are 25% off when it comes to the precision of the calories stated.
Then when we get to “calories out” there is also around a 25% measurement error of devices, treadmills, apps, etc.
So 25% there is a possible error on the “in” side and on the “out” side.
That’s quite a bit to take it religiously based on the studies and research that most people are overwhelmed with the habits of change as is.
And if you’ve attempted this before you know some of these things will happen that can not only get somewhat annoying, but can also create discomfort in your social life…
==> Inviting friends over only to have them stare at you weigh your food out during the super-bowl and getting laughed at for it
==> Getting frustrated because you forgot your measuring cups coming in to work and you don’t know the proper serving sizes
==> Having a great conversation with friends during dinner only to have to stop it so you can input your calories in your app for 10 minutes
Honestly if you’re committed to your goal that shouldn’t derail you BUT if it’s another hardship on top of overwhelming change then it won’t help you achieve your goal.
We need to have an idea of how much and what we’re eating to get results, which is why we give the simple solution of being able to portion out your food perfectly by using your hands.
You can check out our FREE gift to you – The Perfect Portion Diet eBook which breaks all this down for you with the instructions, a grocery store list, sample meals plans and step-by-step transformation steps. Check it out HERE.