Did you know that 80-90% of weight loss is based on nutrition? Essentially, you could eat healthily, not work out, and still come in at a healthy weight.
Even though I workout 5-7x a week, I haven’t seen any big changes in my physique or movement on the scale. And, I’m not going to lie, it’s so freaking annoying.
If I have to pinpoint a date, everything went downhill around Thanksgiving. Afterward, I just kept fumbling around trying to find a nutrition program that worked for me. Once the new year started I jumped on the Keto bandwagon to help me get back to a comfortable place (weight-wise). While the meals were super yummy and filling, and I was only eating 3x per day, I still felt stuck, bloated, and miserable. I gave it three weeks and decided to move on.
Then I went back to basics with Beachbody’s Portion Fix Containers – they’ve helped me slim down in the past, so it made complete sense to give ’em another go. Still, nothing. Do you know how maddening, that is?
I was literally ready to give up. Then I stumbled on a Pin that would change everything…
It’s so obvious, you’ll roll your eyes
It was one of those photos that looked like a scam – “The steps I took to lose over 100 pounds” or something like that. But I clicked on it anyway – because why not? To my surprise, it was actually legit and took me over to a woman’s weight loss blog. There, the author mentioned tracking her food – which I reluctantly do digitally anyway – but via MyFitnessPal. The app showed her calorie and macronutrient counts and gave better insight into how much food she was actually putting into her mouth each day.
I’ve never had much success logging every little detail like that because it takes more effort and consistency than I can handle, but I figured I’d try again. I first tried using the Samsung Health app on my phone and immediately, the results were eye-opening!
I couldn’t believe how many extra calories I was consuming and how many vitamins and essential nutrients I wasn’t. Everything adds up – even those little 50 or 100 calorie bites or condiments. I cook or bake with EVOO because it’s a healthier alternative to some fats, but it has a whopping 120 calories per tablespoon. YIKES! Once I knew this tracking thing was gold, I decided to download the MyFitnessPal app to access more features and insights.
A few chips here, a cookie there, a little butter in the pan, a bit of cream in a cup of tea – when you write the words down on paper, it doesn’t seem so threatening. When you see the calories, carbs, sugar, etc. broken down, it’s another story.
In the last few days of logging nutrition on MyFitnessPal, I’ve noticed I feel so much better (and thinner!) when I have a great workout and keep my calories under the recommended target. It’s really been as basic as that: burn more calories than you consume.
Let thy food be yummy
Because I’m not a fan of boring food, I checked out a few Hungry Girl books from the library. They are filled with healthy, low cal meals and that punch of flavor you crave. Some items on the menu for the coming week: Chocolate-Chippy Cheese Danish, Devilish Eggs, Shrimpylicious Egg Rolls, and Buffalo Chicken Taquitos. Is this real life?
While this method of calorie and macronutrient tracking might not work for everyone, I’m sure it could help some. Sometimes it just takes little adjustments to make BIG changes!