Last night I lead a 30 minute HIIT class at my gym, tentatively named The Gym. Once the class had ended I told everyone that I’d be happy to hang around and answer any questions about training but more specifically nutrition. At that point one lady approached me, almost in secret, looked over her shoulder and asked… ‘When can I eat chocolate?’
As soon as she asked this question my head began to load a thousand answers and then a thousand more questions. I was reminded how sadly, many people have little insight into the world of nutrition. It sucks but its true. In the end I explained to the whole class the idea of calorie balance and the idea of being flexible with your diet. The response? Disbelief.
So that whole ordeal inspired this post right here. I can’t stress this enough but your nutrition doesn’t have to be ‘fancy’ or complicated. Fuck fad diets, honestly. Keto, paleo, even intermittent fasting, they all have one thing in common. They get you to cut calories down, almost always drastically, and so in turn weight comes off.
Guys, repeat after me. Fat loss comes down to a calorie deficit 99.9% of the time, excluding any metabolic diseases that can cause weight issues.
I don’t care if you prefer low carb or high carb. Whatever works for you and keeps you in a calorie deficit, go for it.
But with a deficit established, can you eat chocolate? Abso-fucking-lutely. Why make a diet harder than it needs to be? Yes, you’ll have to show some restraint but guess what, a bloody Marsbar ain’t gonna kill you either.
It comes down to this.
- Calorie deficit
- Whole based, nutritious foods
- The occasional snack
- Consistency, one mess up doesn’t mean you can make 1000 more over the course of 24 hours or a week
So, eat your protein, get your nutrients, for God’s sake drink your water! But most importantly, don’t be so rigid. Have your cake and eat it too but remember, all in moderation. Trust me, enjoy the process and don’t focus on the end goal. You’ll get there I promise if you nail the basics.
And on that, I bid you a healthy farewell!