The fitness industry - and many coaches/personal trainers - make it seem like protein shakes are THE WAY to get results. They all talk about the shake they drink, and how it’s the reason they have melted fat and gotten hella muscle gains. But IS that why they are getting those results? Will it work that way for you? Let’s talk about this.
Here’s the thing you need to understand: protein powder is NOT a requirement, or a necessity, when it comes to weight loss, leaning out, toning up, or really anything.
Protein shakes have been massively misrepresented in the fitness industry, and I want to shed some light on this topic.
Protein shakes do not have any kind of magical properties or special ingredients that are going to be THE magic potion to help you lose fat and gain muscle. That just isn’t true, and it’s not backed by science either. No matter what supplements you are taking, you are still going to have to put in work. There will be discipline,...
So far I have talked about what my new goals are for my physical body composition changes and strength gains. And I have shared with you what my calories and macro goals are (see previous posts!), and even how I am going to monitor and know when I need to adjust.
But I haven’t really gone into what exactly I’m doing in terms of how this is going to be executed. Well, it’s actually called IIFYM, or If It Fits Your Macros. This concept is currently taking the fitness world by storm. Basically, it is the concept of being able to eat pretty much whatever you want, as long as you stay in your macros! It’s also called Flexible Dieting.
I have never taken this approach before, since I have never been a fan of counting calories or macros. But I can see why it will be potentially beneficial. The reasoning is, rather than having to have a bunch of food that is “off limits” or deprive and restrict yourself, you are free to indulge in treats, or even pizza...
Now that I know my calorie and macro ranges, I am already tracking my food in My Fitness Pal to get a sense of where I am currently, in relation to where I will need to be starting next week.
This is a great starting point for anyone working on a new nutrition plan! Always have an accurate understanding of where you currently are, so you can be better prepared for what you will need to adjust.
In my case, I already know exactly how I have been eating, so I don’t need to take a week of tracking. I was already doing that. Instead, I am using this time to start playing around with my food and get a feel for what I will need to do.
And let me tell you… I’m starting to get even more nervous about next week lol. I have been eating my way for so long, and have gotten so used to it, that I am going to have to completely change my thought process, my standard meals, everything. A whole new world here!
As a reminder, my new goals are:
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