Many times I am asked if I can make a meal plan for those who are following a flexible dieting lifestyle/ if it fits your macros.
My answer is always no.
I'll admit that sometimes I'm tempted to whip up a program for people- it makes learning a new skill super simple when you just follow what the coach says to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I don't blame people for wanting a meal plan. It's easy because you don't have to think about the calories or the macros in the food. The results are usually good when you blindly adhere to a program... but there's.no learning, no flexibility, just doing.
Herein lies the problem.
There is no way to see sustainable success following a meal plan.
What if you run out of egg whites one morning?
What is you're attending Thanksgiving Dinner at a family members house?
What if the thought of another chicken breast makes you want to hurl?
With meal plans, there is zero flexibility... and should you deviate from your plan you are going to feel a sense of failure.
A meal plan, while it can absolutely provide you with the results you're looking for, offers you no learning opportunity, or chance to step away from your program and enjoy your life!
Knowledge is power. Giving you the power to control your nutrition is important to me. A skill I value as a coach is giving YOU the opportunity to develop a new skillset so that you can eventually go about macros on your own. I don't want you relying on me for the rest of your life.
Honestly, looking back at 19 year old Alli - there were way too many missed social outings because I was too scared to deviate from my meal plan. If it wasn't dry chicken, sweet potato and broccoli you wouldn't find me there. The "dream body" was worth more to me than friends, family and enjoying life.....once I achieved that then obviously I would be happy?! But until then.... happiness was unachievable. Right?
Such a lie. Such a dangerous frame of mind to be in.
The ultimate goal here is freedom.
Unless you are en route to the Olympics or competing in a bikini competition in a month....You really don't need to be perfect with your macros 100% of the time. Those people work towards a "peak" for a reason.... it's not a maintainable level of body fat, fitness level or lifestyle to stay there forever. It's better to find something that works for you consistently, to find a bodyweight, body composition and fitness level that you can participate in and enjoy everyday. Sure, there will be times of caloric deficit that aren't as fun.... but they will be brief and with an important deadline before moving back to a maintenance level of macros.
The skill of macro counting gives the benefit of learning to think for yourself. Learning how to eat what you want, how to sub foods in for one another, how to eat treats and navigate your way around a holiday meal without blowing your whole day. Spending time to understand what works for your body, for your goals and for your life exponentially increases your chances of obtaining your goals and even better, sustaining them for as long as you decide you'd like to.
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Dr. Alli Cain Team
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