When people are hoping to lose weight it is not uncommon for them to lower their calorie intake in the hope that less food going in will mean faster results. Constant counting of calories can become addictive and in many cases dangerous, especially with such contradicting information as to how many calories you should have.
Madalin Giorgetta from West Australia can teach us a thing or two about calorie intakes and how less is not best.
She took to Instagram to explain to her 118k followers how less calories was stopping her from reaching her fitness goals. In two photos shared side by side she showed the difference to her body when she was eating 800 calories VS the 1800 calories she is eating now
“When I was eating 800 calories a day, I thought I was healthy,” she said. “I was eating healthy food but hardly any macro nutrients.”
Let’s just preface this by saying no, I did not have an ED. When I was eating 800 calories a day, I thought I was healthy. I was eating healthy food, but hardly any macronutrients. I was curious to find out what my macros were like before I actually started counting my macros, so I entered my old foods into @myfitnesspal to find out. I was quiet astonished to see how little protein and carbs I was eating. 800 calories seems absurdly low as now I need minimum 1500 calories to be full, but at the time 800 calories was keeping me full because that’s what my body was used to. After a while though, salad simply wasn’t cutting it, and for all the restrictions I was placing on my diet, I simply wasn’t seeing the results I had anticipated. So I got in touch with a PT and nutritional coach and got my macros sorted. When he first told me to eat 50% carbs I nearly died! I was eating about 10% carbs before and could not fathom how 50% carbs would not make me fat. I also freaked out at all the calories. I’ve been keeping an excel spreadsheet and in the first week of being on macros my average calories for the week was a little over 1000. I remember how hard I struggled to actually eat the size of my meals. I would just put my lunch next to my desk and eat it over the course of 3 hours as I couldn’t eat it in one sitting! Now my stomach can take way more and is much happier! In the second week I was averaging 1600 calories a day! It didn’t take long for my body to catch up. A part of me may always have that mindset that relates not eating with weight loss and “being good today”. Sometimes I may forget to eat lunch just because I got busy and for a second I will revert back to old thinking, and think “ohh, I’ve done really well today and haven’t eaten much at all.” That’s why I love tracking my macros. It will tell me “Maddy, you need to eat more. Go eat 3 potatoes”. And I’ll pat myself on the back for being healthy and doing really good today! If you’re under feeding yourself in an effort to lose weight, don’t do what I did for so long. Don’t waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works 🙌🏽
So, what exactly are macronutrients? They are nutrients that are used for energy, growth and bodily functions. There are three macronutrients that we require and these come from carbohydrates (sugars), Lipids (fats) and protein. You can track your macros like Madailn by using My fitness Pal. The important thing to remember for this is not to just take the suggested calorie intake that they give you, rather consult a professional and find out what your intake should be.
The other trick is to remember that just because you can eat more calories, does not mean you can waste them on unhealthy things or drink them away. Get your macros from healthy carbs like legumes, vegetables and whole grains.
Don't focus on the skinny, do focus on the healthy 🙌🏽 fast forward 10 months, 1000 extra calories a day and #BBG and I'm stronger, healthier and happier than I've ever been 💪🏼🍎🌞 I spent so much time in the beginning of my fitness journey trying to be thin. To me, this meant a low calorie diet. I wish I had known from the beginning that a high calorie diet doesn't necessarily mean fat gain! There's good calories and there's bad calories, so obviously you can't just eat 1800 calories of donuts and pizza 🍩🍕😤 And if you're not exercising a high calorie diet may not be for you ❌ But, if you are working out 5-6 times a week you need to feed your body 🌱You can't grow muscle without the right nutrients 🍝🍳🍏🍖 and my body has thrived from all the extra nutrients! Want to know what I eat in a week? Click the link in my bio to read more on my blog 👆🏼
I mean, if eating more (good food) is going to help me see results like Madalin, I am in.
Stronger, healthier, happier and finally in Italy 💪🏼🇮🇹❤️ We had a 45 minute transfer time between Frankfurt airport and Florence yesterday and had to literally run or more like sprint to make our flight ✈️🏃🏼I had just gotten off a 12 hour flight, was half asleep and had eaten my body weight in airplane food and had to run 2km holding my 4kg wheelie suitcase 😩 There is no way I would have made the connecting flight if I hadn’t been fit and if I hadn’t been doing my HIIT on the treadmill! I felt like I was on the amazing race and we made it 🎊🎉💃🏼So here’s to #BBG for helping me get to Italy 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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