Nutrition is a fickle thing. The truth however isn’t fancy or glamorous because simple isn’t sexy, and sexy doesn’t sell.
I’ve written it before, time and time again but your goals, whether it’s fat loss or weight gain, come down to an energy balance! Want to lose weight? You need to be in a deficit, either through calories or exercise, preferably both. Want to gain? You gotta up the calories and overfill the tank so to speak.
This is where things get complicated because of those pesky Insta-fluencers and snake oil salesmen. Now, this isn’t to discredit various methods of eating and macro-counting. Hell, counting calories and macros deliver amazing results and I utilise it most of the time. For some however, perhaps a majority or so of the general population who aren’t after extreme results, counting calories is a bore and obsessive and better utilised down the road. Trust me, I’ve fallen down that rabbit hole.
So what can you do? You keep.it.simple.stupid. No really! Keeping your diet balanced and working out will deliver more than good results. Here’s how you do it.
Take a plate, split in half. Now split the top half into another half. Like the picture below.
Now follow these rules for your portions!
- An open palm sized piece of protein, 1/2 servings.
- A closed fist size of carbohydrates! Think potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice. Get creative! Want chips? Make them! 1/2 servings.
- Lastly, fats! Fats are important for your hormones so don’t neglect them! Cook in them using a thumb sized splash of oil! 1/2 servings.
- Lastly, unlimited greens and some colourful veggies! Packed full of nutrients and water. Go crazy!
Using the options below you can create some deliciously healthy meals. And isn’t that the point of all of this? A healthy body both inside and out.
Give it a go if you’re looking to drop a few pounds or want to improve your eating habits! And if you want quicker more accurate results calorie and macro counting is definitely the way to go, but don’t live in that mindset year round, like me. Not good.
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