No joke, one of my nutrition coaching clients, Adriana, just shared something with me that could potentially change the game for all you calorie counters out there.
I was going to write up a nice post about the problem with the mainstream version HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), but I think I'll save that for another day.
Because Adriana's insight is just THAT important to share with you.
Quick backstory: Adriana is a young mom of 3 kids, a school teacher, and was always trying to get those "last 15 pounds" off.
But nothing really worked, or worked for very long.
She tried numerous cleanses, diets, and even forms of intermittent fasting. She was growing more frustrated because she typically gained the weight back, and all the stress and suffering of those past diets was for nothing.
Then she joined the nutrition coaching program I offer (courtesy of Precision Nutrition), and has since lost 10 pounds.
I'm not writing to push the program on you. I just want to share her message.
Here it is...
"My brother came home from Alberta the other day and he's lost weight and looks really good. We talked a little about nutrition and he's been tracking his calories.
I thought about what he said and I wondered what my actual calorie intake was so I started the past couple of days tracking as well.
But what I realized is that if I set a goal through one of those apps, they would then dictate what my calorie intake 'should' be that day.
Last night after dinner I still had '382' calories left to eat.
If I wasn't on this program, I would of said 'OK what else can I sneak in?' But being mindful of my own signals, makes me realize that I didn't need to fulfill my quota because I was satisfied.
My old self would of tried to meet the quota even though it wasn't necessary.
So I know that I don't ever want to go back to counting calories, because it makes me too dependent on other things to determine if I am done eating or not."
That was what she said word for word.
As her Coach, all I could do was smile. There were so many nuggets in her message to me, I can see Adriana is making changes that will stick FOREVER.
"What my calorie intake 'should' be..."
"I still had '382' calories left to eat..."
"What else can I sneak in?..."
"Being mindful of my own signals..."
And my favorite from all of this,
"My old self would of tried to meet the quota even though it wasn't necessary."
Too many of us are stuck in the overwhelm of taking something simple and making it much more stressful and complex than it needs to be.
Not hungry? Don't eat.
Want to feel fuller from your last meal? Eat more protein and whole foods.
What should your calories be? If you feel hungry, you need more. If you feel like you don't want to eat, then wait an hour or two.
It doesn't need to be that tough. You don't need to count and track every morsel to lose the weight.
You just need to listen a little closer. Don't get sucked into the new, shiny toy or fad out on the market.
Just be better at the basics. Be better at taking a step back and being aware of what you're body is telling you.
That's the secret.
I hope you can have your own revelation soon. For Adriana, life is getting SO MUCH less stressful than it was, just because she is taking a simpler approach to this whole "diet" thing.
And that's the way it can be for you, too.