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I firmly believe if a diet isn’t sustainable you won’t stick to it. How long can you really go with no carbs or no sugar? I know I didn’t last long on either of those. A week….Maybe?? Then I felt so miserable, I gave in and ate everything in my house.
If you are too uptight about your diet, you won’t be able to stick with it no matter how good of a diet it is and believe it or not, that INCLUDES counting macros! There is a time and place to be super strict on your diet. For me, I was super duper strict for the first 9-10 months. I had a cheat meal once a week and I had non-tracking days on holidays only but other than that, I was 100%. And I needed that at first. It really worked for me while I was first starting and learning. But now that I know everything I do about flexible dieting and my body, I know I can be a little more lenient. I am not seeing results as fast, but it’s also more sustainable for me and my lifestyle. I am still very good at hitting my macros but if we are at a bbq or a business dinner, or something unplanned comes up, I don’t freak out. I live life in that moment and get right back on track the second that moment is over. I don’t let myself stay off track for long and that is the key. You can have times where you don’t count or days where you are feeling extra hungry and want to eat everything, but you better get right back on track the next meal or day. There is no starting on Monday and binging through the weekend. That’s when things start to get bad. Allow yourself a little leniency from time to time and the other times, stick with the diet. I stay on track the best I can 90% of the time so I can allow myself some room to live the other 10%.