Like most people, I was initially drawn to flexible dieting because of the promise that I could eat foods I loved while losing weight, which to me was mind blowing at the time. So I slowly moved away from a "clean eating" approach and began tracking my macros. I did what most do and found an online calculator where I plugged in my information and chose the "fat loss" option. And so the most miserable, food obsessed, summer of my life began. I was eating 1600 calories and I remember having little to no energy and going to bed every night still hungry, wishing it could be morning already so I could eat again. I obsessed over things like whether I should track the sugar alcohols from the gum I chewed, opted out of a lot of food my family enjoyed, made passive aggressive comments about their "unhealthy" choices, and gave myself zero flexibility.
I had begun tracking my intake to allow myself more flexibility, but instead found myself incredibly restricted. I was always searching for ways to make things "macro friendly," and I would macro hoard all day to fit donuts or ice cream into my calorie allotment. After that initial summer, I learned that I wasn’t eating enough, and raised my intake. However, it still wasn’t enough and I continued to be very strict with hitting my macro targets. If I went over by a few grams, I considered that day a failure ended up eating everything in sight. These cycles of being "on track" aka cutting and bingeing continued for about two years, the entire time seeing little to no progress in my physique.
It wasn’t until I realized that a drastic cut wasn’t the right option for me that I found a maintainable lifestyle and a body I feel confident in. Everyone in the fitness industry seems to be perpetually cutting. So that's what I thought I had to do. But once I changed my approach, and became okay with progress being a lot slower, I began to notice changes.
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