Eating to be lean and healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. There are lots of methods to get to the same point, and this should serve to help you figure out which one is best for you. It’s also important to keep in mind that if you don’t enjoy what you’re eating, it will never be sustainable.
While it is a great method, the number one drawback for intuitive eating is that it usually takes lots of trial and error to be able to do it effectively. The people who are great at eating intuitively have either tracked their macros in the past and have a good rough idea of the amount of calories in their meals, or they’ve spent a (usually) long time figuring out how they react to different foods and what amounts and types are good for gaining, losing or maintaining.
This makes it difficult to recommend to beginners. It is possible for some, but the majority would have to struggle with that trial and error period before making it work for them.
This is pretty much the furthest you can take tracking your nutrition, this means keeping track of your protein, carbohydrate and fat intake. There is a bit of a learning curve if you start with this as you’ll need to find a tracking app and you’ll also need to start weighing your foods. In addition to this, you’ll probably need to figure out what your daily macronutrient targets actually are, otherwise there’s no real point to tracking macros!
This is one we will recommend with the caveat that you don’t have to start here – if you’re willing to take this step then absolutely do it because you’ll be getting results quicker, but it isn’t something most people want to do, and you need to maintain a healthy relationship with food, so don’t force this method.
This is the middle road option that most people can do. It blends tracking your nutrition with intuitive eating in an effective and accessible way. Learning what is in your foods is important, but I think everyone, to some degree, knows what ‘healthy’ food is. This method allows you to make healthy decisions about your meals, while the tracking side of thing covers your portion sizes. This way you can still make tasty food as long as it fits your caloric ‘budget’, depending on whether you’re gaining muscle or losing fat.
Remember that changing your body composition is a matter of calories in vs calories out, so this really is the most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to your nutrition!
Thanks guys! Hope you’re all ready to smash the week ahead!