I had a good conversation with someone today about diet choices. She told me she was vegan and that she wanted to become a bikini competitor. I say good on her for wanting to become something that is so hard to achieve.
I had asked her about how she plans to get to that point where she’s able to compete. She told me that she has a set diet where she gets to choose a certain number of portions per food group.
I was confused by this process as this is something that is widely used in weight watchers. It essentially gives you points for food that you eat. Meaning you keep yourself restricted to how much your aloud to eat. Although her diet eliminates bad food choices and doesn’t allow for cake like weight watchers would
For me if I thought someone was going into competition that they would have their diet locked into exactly what they eat per day. Knowing the caloric intake and the breakdown of each type of calorie. Meaning they would eat macros. Properly portioned out protein, fats and carbohydrates.
I went on to explain that if I was going to be doing a competition for physique I’d probably be eating .7g of protein per lean body mass, 75 grams of fat and fluctuate my carb intake based on my caloric needs. If I was doing a cut, they would be lower. And conversely if I was bulking I would eat more.
There is a large debate on how much protein someone needs. And generally it’s thought that 100g/lb is the sweet spot. And even more if your dieting. More because its more satiating when dieting and helps you to feel full and maintain mental stamina when dieting.
Some people thing keto is the end all be all for dieting with a higher intake of fats and lower intake of carbs. I’ve also been reading about the benefits of intermittent fasting as it relates to autophagy.
As we went deeper into why she was vegan and how she was not able to supplement with whey protein as it came from an animal. We came to an understanding of what it meant to get results in any diet.
I was reminded of the pizza diet on youtube. Where a man eats a pizza a day and loses x amount of weight during a certain time. When I searched for that video I came up with multiple other people doing the same diet. But it proves the point that it doesn’t matter as much about what you eat. Only that you track what you eat and make it work for your situation.
Consistency is what brings the results. If your overweight and wanted to get in shape and see lasting chances you need to find a way to make a lifestyle change. Lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight. From someone sitting on the couch and doing nothing. They are not able to just get up and do a marathon. However. If someone implements small rewarding tasks into their daily habits they can create a change for life.
If you focus on one thing you can do right now to change your lifestyle you can put into motion everything else that is needed to create that long distance change you see for yourself. Consistency means keeping at it day after day. And finding what that is that you can do to cause yourself to go back day after day. For some that might mean a reward or doing something long enough to make it a habit. It is far easier and more beneficial to do something 10 minutes a day than it is to do something once a month for 4 hours. Or even once a week for 1 hour.
The old adage goes here. If your on a diet that you couldn’t do forever then it’s probably not the right fit for you. Consistency wins the race.
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