FOOD TIPS FOR WHEN ‘MACROS AND CALORIES DON’T FLOAT YOUR BOAT’!
For some people the thought of tracking macros and calories is about as interesting as painting a fence while eating a Ryvita!
Whilst I will always explain and encourage the benefits of macro tracking to my clients, I am equally mindful that ‘if you don’t buy into it, it won’t work’.
And, whatever some ‘experts’ may tell you, there are almost always multiple solutions for success!
Below I am going to explain some habits you want to be adding to your life, and there’s not a macro in sight!!
1) DO NOT KEEP UNHEALTHY FOOD IN THE HOUSE, WORK, CAR, GARAGE…
If there are Krispy Kremes in the house you will eat them. If there are family size packets of crisp in your cupboard you will eat them.
Damn, if there was a KFC outlet in your home – you’d eat it out!
And the same applies to everywhere in your control that you frequently go, be it your work office, garage, car – you get it!?
Usually just not having the bad things to hand is enough to stop most people going out and getting any.
So you should accept that buying a packet of treats means you will be eating all the treats, and do it very, very rarely.
EXTRA TIP: only do food shopping after consuming a filling meal, or have a set online weekly shop. Food shopping when hungry will lead to a horror trolley!!
2) USE THE ‘NOT YET, I’LL HAVE IT LATER’ PHRASE!
This six word phrase can reduce bad food decision than making massively, and will work better than saying ‘that doesn’t fit my macro goal’ (damn – I said it!!).
Most people do not respond well to the word ‘Never’ – but putting it ‘on hold’ – they can do that for a long time.
If you fancy a McDonald’s or chocolate cake, just tell yourself ‘have it at weekend’ or ‘I’ll leave it until after my tea’.
And the extra win is that when these times come, the McDonald’s or chocolate cake are often inaccessible or less appealing!
3) SET UP FICTIONAL DIETS!
Family, friends and colleagues are often some of worst impacts on your eating, despite their good intentions.
When offered a cake, biscuit or treat that you don’t need, or sometimes don’t even want, just state ‘I’m not eating (X) right now’.
Don’t use the words ‘I can’t’ or ‘I shouldn’t’ or ‘I’m trying to avoid those’ as this gives the asker encouragement to keep on asking!
Use ‘I’m not.’ This stops any negotiation or temptation, which can lead to ‘Oh, go on then – just the one!’.
4) DON’T THINK OF THE SHORT TERM SATISFACTION, THINK OF THE ACTUAL OVERALL FEELING!
A number of years back I regularly ate sausage and bacon butties mid morning at work.
Why? – they appealed to me in the short-term, were easily available and my stomach thought it needed them (it temporarily growled at me when it stopped getting them!)
However, every time I actually ate one, I’d remember that a) They weren’t actually that great and b) They made me feel terrible afterwards.!
So, heres the trick!
Whenever you consume something and feel crap afterwards, note that feeling and make a mental note of it.
Next time you want the thing: remember that feeling!
Over time this will ween you off many foods that may seem needed in the short term, but what make you feel horrible longer term.
Any questions, be sure to fire them over!
Ian David Worthington
Creator, Owner and Coach at GymWolfPT.com
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