It's been a while since I've posted a blog but I just HAD to share this nutrition system with you. At least for me, I seem to become a lot more consistent when I have a game-plan in place. Now, this game-plan can't contain too much structure/regulations or it becomes an unsustainable chore. It has to allow for life to happen. If you can develop a plan that adheres to life's variables then you will develop positive momentum as you move along your fitness journey. If you always feel "on track" you will become a lot more consistent.
When it comes to nutrition, guilt is the biggest hurdle to overcome. Guilt and/or shame is the most destructive barrier you will ever face along your wellness journey. This is why I propose you have an extremely flexible and practical protocol when it comes to your nutrition lifestyle. Something that doesn't let guilt or shame into the equation. Something that always makes you feel like you are moving forward. As i've mentioned before, becoming aware of how many calories you are consuming is the fastest way to reach your goals. Overall, caloric intake is extremely important when it comes to losing or gaining weight.
However, for most people, it is unrealistic to count calories every single day throughout the weeks and months. For these reasons, I suggest that you have a layered protocol that you feel comfortable utilizing throughout each week. These protocols all have equal importance and should be used in collaboration with each other. They all play an important role in creating a sustainable, efficient, nutrition lifestyle.
#1 Tracking Calories
The first protocol is used during days that contain some level of routine and practical capacity. Track calories and protein during the days that you have the structure and the ability to do so. This helps you dial in portion sizes and gain much needed awareness around caloric intake. This outlines the fasted and most efficient route to your goal.
#2 Guided Portions
This protocol is used during the days when life gets in the way. You either have a busy schedule or life obligations that make counting calories for stressful than useful (vacations, social outings/events, traveling, etc). During these days, it makes sense to save your calorie counting willpower for more practical opportunities. Estimating caloric intake means becoming generally aware of how many calories you are consuming. This doesn't mean you count calories. This doesn't mean you need to be exactly right. This means you have an idea of where you stand at the end of the day. This educated estimate is developed through 'guided portions'. This is a Precision Nutrition technique which utilizes your hand size to portion your meals. This promotes the energy level dependent on your goal without actually having to track calories. When you use this in conjunction with tracking calories it exponentially increases in effectiveness.
Why is this so effective?
Having the capacity to float back and forth between these two areas gives you the most sustainable and accurate window into nutritional results because it connects science with practical application. On the days that you track calories still incorporate guided portions and just use the caloric metrics to dial in portion sizes and amounts. Essentially, you become aware of what 'x' amount of calories looks like in a guided portion system. On the days that you don't track calories, stick with the same structure of guided portions. This promotes your caloric goal and allows you to build lifestyle friendly habits and skills. You won't feel any stress or anxiety when a vacation or event comes up because you don't NEED to track calories 24/7. You build habits that you can utilize during any life situation. This will breed ultimate satisfaction and consistency.
If you have any questions about this system or how it might look for you, don't hesitate to reach out to me (button below, or any social link). I'd love to give you some free advice and help you structure nutrition that makes sense for your lifestyle. Your best is yet to come!