My goal was not to lose weight. If it went down or up, I was fine. The number on the scale didn’t bother me either way (notice by me only checking in with my scale only 3 times in 2 months). My goal was to, and still is, get better at Fitness. I wanted to be stronger, be faster, be overall better athletically.
But, I also wanted to keep a closer eye on what I was eating. And eating healthier and more consistently. I went back and started using MYFITNESSPAL. I didn’t put a goal weight (remember, I don’t care). I first set my calories at 2500, then 3000, right now, I hover between 2600 -2800 calories a day.
For some, that’s a lot! Hell, for me, that’s a lot! But, I started to change my mindset with my goal (Better Fitness). Treat food as fuel. So, that’s what I did. I know in order to have better workout sessions, to lift more, run better, I have to feed my body.
I made sure to hit my Carbohydrates numbers, my Protein numbers, and my Fat numbers. Here’s my daily targets:
Those numbers go up once I start moving in my day. But, those are the base for my daily eating. That’s a good amount of calories.
So, how did I manage to lose 6+ pounds in the course of 2 Months?
I ate. And I ate some more. Then I worked out. And then I ate some more!
I tracked everything I ate. I made sure I was eating to hit my target numbers, and I moved.
There’s a TON of diets out there that you can follow, and that may (or may not) work. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to the calories you take in versus the calories you burn.
If you eat less calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight.
If you eat more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight.
I know that both ways come with complications (starvation mode, gaining fat versus muscle), but we’ll get into those at a later time.
For me, tracking my food, eating (a lot) to hit my targets, and working out, I lost 6+ pounds. No starvation diet (ask the people who follow me on Snapchat (@ nick_islife) about my giant meals lol). And how do I know that it wasn’t just muscle loss? By also tracking my body fat percentage, and taking pictures. Both are way better ways of tracking progress on your fitness journey.