Years ago I used to think lowering my calories consistently and doing cardio was the answer but then I learned you have to stop worrying about putting food in your body. Food is fuel!! It is what your body needs to build a better, stronger version of yourself. Let me tell you what I've learned about cutting calories for so long:
1. The longer you stay in a low calorie deficit the slower your metabolism will become.
2. Low calorie diets start burning muscle and not fat. A calorie deficit can work great for a short period of time but your body will start to burn muscle and not fat because your body thinks it's actually starting to starve. & since fat is a longer lasting source of energy for your body it will actually start to hold onto fat instead of burn it.
3. You are more likely to quit on a low calorie diet. Cutting calories for a long time isn't fun. Your energy levels are low and workouts are more difficult. You start getting more cravings.
I'm not a nutritionist but this is what I've learned about the body with my healthy lifestyle. Food is fuel that your body needs!! It's not about how much you're putting in most of the time - it's about what foods you're putting in your body. I'm telling you flexible dieting is the best way to stay consistent and actually live a healthy lifestyle. You get your body to a point where you can have cheat meals, days, hell even weekends and it doesn't ruin a thing! You get to have a healthy body, a healthy relationship with food, never diet, & you have SO much more energy and zest for life. Always remember healthy isn't a destination - it's a way of life. Don't deprive your body of the nutrients it needs! Fuel it right and get to work 💪 Happy Thursday #fitfam ❤️