Now don’t get me wrong I believe in setting everyone up for success.
I just don’t believe setting them up for short term success.
Anyone can follow a meal plan BUT for how long?
How long until you get bored of eating the same meals every day?
What if you want a night out with the spouse or friends?
For the parents out there what do you do for Family Taco or Pizza night?!
Or even when the inevitable work lunch/dinner pops up?
Then you might say, “Matt. Why don’t you just give a few options with even meal? I just want something to follow”.
It’s just like famous fishing analogy…Give someone a fish and they will eat for a day. Teach someone to fish and feed them for a lifetime.
In order for me to teach you how to fish you must learn how to make choices.
This is important because what happens when you plateau and your nutrition needs to be adjusted?
Follow the plan and you WILL see progress but where you start is NEVER where you will end in terms of your macros and calories. Adjustments will need to be made along the way. It’s just like how you can plateau doing the same workout routine week after week.
Once you know your nutrition numbers it allows you to enjoy your favorite foods because you can fit them into your nutrition.
This nutrition freedom changes your mindset towards food. You’ll stop looking at food as good or bad but rather as fuel for your body.
The term “cheat meal” will go away and be replaced by Nutrient Dense Food vs Calorie Dense Food.
With nutrition freedom there is no more getting stressed out with food and bingeing. How would that feel?
Plus once you know your macros and calories you can do so much more when your ready for variety.
These can be high carb/low carb days known as carb cycling or high/low calorie days known as calorie cycling.
*Side note: the later is great for people that struggle on the weekends staying on track (message me to find out more about that).
The ultimate goal for anyone in terms of their nutrition should be long term SUSTAINABLE success. And the best way to do that is having the keys to the test…knowing your calories and macros for your goals!