Wrapping up: For a short amount of time, this might work for you.
Not so much. Even with the flexible part of this type of dieting, for 80% of people it is not sustainable to track calories and macros for the rest of your life.
I’ve seen countless people spiral after focusing on calories and macros for too long, only to eventually give up or go bonkers because the food obsession became too much.
“What, Amy? Then why are you explaining this to me?”
Because you need to know what’s what.
- You need to know calories matter, no matter where they come from.
- You need to know protein matters for your body (composition) andenergy levels.
Calories and protein matter and foods aren’t inherently bad or good for you, but they will have an effect on your health and/or energy levels.
This also means healthy eating is not the same as eating for fat loss: you can eat healthy and still eat a lot of calories and thus not lose weight. Likewise, you can eat unhealthy low-calorie and lose weight but not feel fantastic.
Remember that the next time you wonder about ‘can I eat this?’You can always eat it -> you just need to decide if that’s how you want to feel.
A good way in between is eating both to feel good and make progress with your body composition.
Are you interested to learn more about success meals? Read the article: Realistic Meal Planning and Prepping: Success Meals.