Why I Quit Dieting.

This may be the most important blog I ever write!

For months and months now I spend somewhere between 5 and 20 hours a week researching, studying and absorbing fitness and nutrition information. I want to be a personal trainer and life changer…and I’m on track to do that. 

Anyone who has ever tried to lose an ounce of fat knows that it’s not easy, hell…anyone who has tried to gain knows the same. The reason is because nutrition is the most important part of any kind of health plan. It’s also the hardest part. Who wants to limit their foods, cut out whole food groups (which is detrimental to your health!) extremely restrict calories and be hungry all the time?! NO ONE!! These things lead to binges, create even MORE unhealthy habits and cause a landslide of health problems. I promise, I know.

The first thing I did was step away from EVERY single “diet trick” I thought I knew. I sat down outside one day and started thinking about how my grandparents ate when they were young. I even visited with my grandma about it. 

     “We didn’t have breakfast tarts and oatmeal in a packet. We ate what we had and what was in the garden.” She said. 

BOOM! That is when it hit me. Eating isn’t for fun, it’s not a social affair…it’s simple sustainability. We have to eat to live, and we have to eat the right things to live well.

I knew from the get go I wasn’t getting enough protein. Around 50g a day for a girl who is pushing 6′ tall is laughable, especially since I lift heavy. My first change was ordering some quality protein and drinking that every morning. 

My second step was to log that into my lose it app.

Third step – forget about the damn calories for a second and focus on the macronutrients of what you’re eating. Depending on your body and your goals you need a specific ratio of protein, carbs and fat each day. Don’t get me wrong, the calories are important…but where they come from is even more important. I have known for a while that my body prefers fat over carbs for readily available energy so, after using an IIFYM (if it fits your macros {macronutrients – carbs, fat, protein}) calculator to figure out my macro count for my goals…I adjusted the fat and carbs a little and never looked back.

I know it may seem daunting to log everything you eat, but the beauty of it is you can eat WHATEVER you want, as long as you hit your macro goals. I usually have my day logged before lunch, so I am not bothered by it unless I need to make adjustments. It’s not about eating exactly 171g of protein, either. IIFYM is also referred to as flexible dieting, because it’s flexible! No Tupperware to carry around and no cancelling a lunch date because your girls are going somewhere that has food “you can’t eat”!! 

I’m not saying you should get all your macros from junk, but I am saying that having some now and then isn’t going to kill you…it’s gonna save you…or it will me at least. Keep in mind, about 90% of my diet is compromised of whole unprocessed foods and LOTS of veggies, but sometimes I indulge! As far as “clean eating” goes; yesterday I ate like shit. Nachos for lunch, a pop tart at like 4 and 2 glasses of wine…but with breakfast and dinner I hit my macros! 

I think for me IIFYM has taken the guesswork out of it. I am energized, I don’t feel guilty for what I eat, I can “cheat” and still reach my goals…and it’s DOABLE!

I quit dieting because I found IIFYM, and because I found it…I’m now reaching my goals!! 

So…I suggest you do a little research in IIFYM and give it a try. It has been a game changer…maybe even a life changer, for me. 

I plan to write another blog with tips and “how I do it” but I hope this inspires you for now!!

Feel free to send me questions, if I can’t answer them…I am sure I can send you to someone who can! OkieGirlFit@hotmail.com 

XoXo

OkieGirl

Some of my favorite flexible dieters on Instagram: @breilly728 @w_navafitness @betteraskrile @brittany_dawn_fitness @jessi_jean_fitness @theswolebarbie

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6 thoughts on “Why I Quit Dieting.

  1. veggiegirlsdiary says:

    Hi, this is really interesting. I’ve always been all about the calories. Can you recommend a good app for working out the IIFYM? I use MyFitnessPal currently. Would it mean having to put your food intake into both?

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  2. Thank you for writing about this! while calories might be good for tracking the amount of food you are eating, it certainly doesn’t take into account the nutrients your body actually needs or utilizes. Plus, It always makes me feel deprived, and can easily become an unhealthy obsession!

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    • Thanks girl!! You’re totally right!! I have had such a bad relationship with food and gone through so many struggles it’s so nice to find something that creates balance and allows me to eat stress free! It’s hard to get over that “I can’t eat 2000 calories a day and still get fit” hump…but once you do, and get your macros right – all kinds of things just start happening!

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