My biggest enemy during my transformation was actually healthy food - especially mixed nuts!! We all probably have heard this traditional saying before, “too much of a good thing can be bad for you” and I couldn't agree more!
In the past, I've seen and heard of people saying ‘’all I eat is healthy stuff like nuts, fruit, avocado and olive oil for example... But I still gain a lot of weight and seeing people eating chocolate who are still slimmer than me is very demoralising.’’
Many people will blame their genetics and get frustrated. But before you do that, I want you to think about your portion size of your healthy food and ask yourself ‘’how many calories and sugar are actually in those things!?’’
Protein has 4 calories per gram; carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram and fats have 9 calories per gram. Almost every fitness magazine I have read say fats are good for you, eat fats to lose fat, which I agree is true. However time and time again I people misuse this advice and eat healthy fats by the bucket load, having a day’s worth of fats in one meal. People will have a bag of nuts and think it is healthy, yet 25g of macadamia nuts for example has 18g of fat which is fine – BUT there are only so many calories your body needs before it becomes counterproductive whether the food sources are good or bad.
During my transformation especially in the last two weeks when I was very low on carbohydrates and still training with great intensity I found it hard!
When you train hard it makes you feel extra hungry so trying to resist myself from grabbing an extra few nuts almost seemed impossible. Personally I find these healthy foods harder to resist than junk food, simply because in my head “I was always thinking it can't be that bad having a few more, it's healthy.” One of the tricks I used was to alternate between different fat sources to things I don't quite love so much like fish oil, coconut oil, extra virgin oil. I would also always have one day where I measured out all my favourite healthy fats for my daily needs and have them as a treat! It's always good to have something to look forward too, if you have nothing to look forward to for 84days, you are going to find your diet quite hard to stick to.
Just remember, just because it is healthy doesn’t mean you can eat limitless amounts!
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