I get asked constantly by girls who already have been working out for years "why am I not seeing progress" ? My first question is what are you eating? Then are you eating enough? Getting the right food in? .
When they tell me what they eat and how much the answer is always no! I eat 5-7 meals a day! Always making sure that I'm getting in proteins, carbs, and fats every meal! No I do not count macros but for someone new it may be necessary for a while. .
Here's the kicker in order to lose or gain you have to make sure your body is getting balanced meals steadily through out the day! Regardless if you want to lose or gain you can not be scared of carbs! You just have to make sure your getting in the right ones at the right times! You can not have any gaps in your nutrition!! ( yes I used to 🙄 at this too till I sucked it up and got my nutrition in check!) CARBS... such a scary word right?? No it isn't. Everyone is into these new diets high in protein and fat while cutting carbs. Which is fine for cutting fat quick but as soon as you introduce carbs back in you'll gain it right back!
Not only do our body's need carbs but did you know that neurons in your brain cannot burn fat. What's a neuron? The neuron is the basic working unit of the brain, a specialized cell designed to transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, gland cells.
Glucose is the brains key source of energy. The breakdown of carbohydrates yields mono- and disaccharides, most of which is glucose. Some people hear carb and think cookies, bread, sugar... exc. Carbohydrates from Whole Foods such as fruits and vegetables provide high quality fuel for brain function that is superior to fructose- sweetened processed foods.
You do not have to cut these things completely out! I'm known to have a few beers and of course my pizza on cheat day. If there's a bday I'm eating cake! The key is to make baby steps on the right direction!
My needs are going to be different than someone else's. It is important to have patients and figure out what works for you! It won't happen over night. There is about 3 1/2 years between these pictures. Swipe to see what a day of meals looks like for me.