I'm Tricking You Into Eating Healthy
Want to know a secret? If you're hitting a reasonable macronutrient prescription consistently, accurately, and long term, you're probably eating a nutrient dense diet full of quality foods.
I've done this with thousands of people (Yes, literally) over the last decade. Please hear this:
People who get great results like...
Don't hit their macros with Ben & Jerry's ice cream, shots of Tito's vodka, and balance it all out with protein shakes.
Yes, many people following some sort of macronutrient based program enjoy a beer once a week and still improve all of their health markers. Yes, they can enjoy a cookie that their grandma made them or eat an ice cream cone with their kids after a baseball game. That’s one of the best things about this approach to nutrition.
What happens over time is people naturally realize things like,
“Lean meat fills me up way more than that processed protein bar.”
“I can have that much watermelon instead of just three oreos!?”
“I feel so much better and satisfied when I get more of my fat from avocado and nuts instead of using it on cooking oil!”
I’m not saying those foods are “bad” and I’m not saying that those foods are the reason you are/aren’t getting the results you're looking for.
What I am saying is that eating real quality food matters. Of the 27 people that I have helped lose 50+ pounds in the last 10 years, every single one of them eats something “fun” pretty much every day. But the meat and potatoes of their diet come from, well, meats and potatoes and vegetables, fruits, and other whole foods.
In summary, my opinion is this:
Consistently eating the right amount of food (calories/energy balance) for your goals is the most important piece of the puzzle in achieving your goals.
Eating mostly meats, fruits, and vegetables and enjoying the fun things in moderation is the best way to make this happen for the vast majority of people struggling to find a healthy and sustainable relationship with food.
Find something that works and that you can do forever! Good luck!