We've all been there - probably recently, actually- you've started a new nutrition program and you're doing great! You are weighing and tracking your food at home, and measuring it out for lunches to take to work. You've researched the restaurants you frequent and know the macros of the dishes you order.
You are making progress! You've started to see results!
Suddenly…. people start to question you….
"Why aren't you eating the pizza the boss bought?
"C'mon it's just one night of drinking!"
"You're not actually going to weigh your chicken are you?"
"Why are you always tracking what you eat - can't you just enjoy yourself?"
This nutrition program is new & different for you, and it's also new & different for the people around you - especially people who have no idea what flexible dieting is.
I want to equip you with some strategies to help you in these situations. Revist your "why" to persevere when people question why you are doing things differently than them. Remember, we've all sought out this method of eating for a reason - a goal or a vision of yourself - and the only way it's going to manifest is with consistency. It's not up to you to convince other people to do what you're doing - some people just aren't ready to change - but is is up to you to have the confidence in yourself to stick to your guns when questioned about the methods your'e employing that are working for you.
First, let me preface it with my own recent experience.
After Saturday training, a group of us went for brunch to Sunset Grill. I ordered turkey bacon and egg whites with rye toast and a side of tomatoes. I whipped out my scale and weighed my food. If I had not weighed my food I would have grossly overestimated the amount of protein and underestimated the carbs (33carb/ 27protein /5 fat by the way). Even after almost a full year of strictly counting my macros I did not correctly eyeball the grams. I feel no shame in wanting to know EXACTLY what I'm putting in my body.
Today, I went to Sunset Grill (should be renamed Groundworx Grill) again and ordered the same thing! That moment of transient discomfort on the weekend now allows me to confidently order a meal here and know exactly what I am consuming and how it fits in my day.
Here are some things you can do:
1. Explain to your friends and family that you've set GOALS for yourself! Maybe it's weight loss to feel better, or an upcoming race, or crossfit competition! Perhaps there's an upcoming vacation, or even wedding! Whatever it is, it was important enough to you to seek our personalized coaching to guide you to learning how to eat better. If it's that important to you, articulate that to your friends.
2. Discuss with them the progress you've made and how it's made you feel- why it's important that you stick to the commitment you've made to yourself.
3. Tell them how this program is different from others. That there's no restrictions in WHAT you can eat, but you are working on the proper portions designed for you specifically.
What I hope you gather from this, is that a moment of discomfort - whether weighing food outside of the house, or explaining to someone why you're doing what you're doing- this moment of discomfort will bring so much future comfort in knowing that you are able to accurately track and stick to your personal macros. These are defining moments that contribute to your progress and results in your health, body composition and performance.
Dr. Alli Cain
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