I love food.
I’m a foodie, and I can honestly say that eating is my favorite hobby.
That sounds weird, I know, because eating is a necessity, not a hobby.
But to me, trying out all kinds of food from many parts of the world is seriously one of my favorite things to do.
There’s just too many delicious things in this world for me to pass up on for the sake of eating tasteless grilled chicken and broccoli every day of the week.
But I also use it to my advantage.
You see, I’m firm believer in eating delicious foods every day.
Time and time again, I witness people ditching their favorite stuff in an attempt to get in shape. What they don’t realize is that this can actually do more harm than good.
Restricting yourself from certain things only makes you want them more — and we know how that story ends.
So my clients and I take a different approach: we eat our favorite foods on a regular basis because it keeps us sane.
For us it’s actually PART of the plan, unlike most fad diets that require you to give them up.
To keep things easy, I follow three stupid-simple guidelines that allows me to eat whatever I want while being able to watch my calorie intake:
1. It has to satisfy me.
When I eat something that I don’t enjoy, I end up craving other things right afterwards. By choosing something that I actually like (and is delicious), I can suppress my hunger even longer which helps to keep calories down.
2. It has to contain some source of protein.
Because I <3 meat. That, and eating foods high in protein keeps you full longer, helps increase muscle mass, and also helps reduce cravings.
3. The portion size has to be reasonable.
After making sure that the meal I choose fits those two guidelines, I then I keep my calorie target in mind so I don’t overeat.
No calorie-tracking required because I simply eyeball my portions. So if I go to a restaurant and they serve up a huge meal, I eat until I’m full, ask for a to-go box, and finish the rest later for another meal.
This way of eating has made hitting my calories both enjoyable and satisfying.
Before I started doing this, I used to just choose the “healthiest” looking option in the menu (which usually was something that tasted very bland).
Guess what happened when I chose my meals that way?
I ended up eating more later that day because I was still hungry after eating the boring meal.
I didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late.
Trying to stick to painful restrictive diets did more harm than good because I’d be miserable and end up bingeing.
If you’ve tried any sort of extreme dieting before, then you know what I’m talking about.
That’s why nowadays, I practice flexible dieting because it’s simple, effortless, and enjoyable.
Ever since my clients have started to do the same, they tell me that it’s like they’re not even dieting at all.
If you can follow the same guidelines that I mentioned above…
While staying within the ballpark number of calories based on your body’s requirements…
You’ll never have to give up any of your favorite foods.
Most importantly, you won’t have to be miserable.
It makes the whole dieting process much more sustainable in the long term, which then leads to lifelong results.
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