There are many ways you can reach your physique goals with nutrition; there are a lot of diets you can try to be in a caloric deficit or surplus to lose weight or gain muscle. We could actually sit here for hours just to discuss all the ways you can reach your goals, in conventional and non-conventional ways. Once you reach your goal weight though, what do you do?
Are you going to be stuck watching what you eat for the rest of your life?
Short answer: no.
Long answer: you will have to watch what you eat for the rest of your life, but not in the way that you think.
Counting macros or following a meal should always be seen as a means to an end. You want to count your calories and follow a specific nutrition plan when you have a goal to reach, whether that is to lose weight or gain mass. Watching what you eat, following a scientific approach, is going to help you reach your goals faster and more healthily.
That being said, once you reach your goal weight/physique, you want to maintain that physique for as long as possible. You may even want to reach new athletic goals, without focusing so much on your diet. We understand that counting macros every day for years can be scary and/or frustrating. Especially when you’ve reached the goal you set for yourself. Intuitive eating is going to help you maintain your new weight whilst still enjoying the little pleasures of life.
How Does Intuitive Eating Work?
The main goal of following macros and/or meal plans is to be more conscious of what you put on your plate and how much you put on your plate. After a while, the goal is to know how many calories a cup of watermelon holds, and what to eat when you want to eat protein. You want to be able to go to the restaurant and know how many calories (approximately) are on your plate, regardless of whether you’re counting your calories or not.
The idea behind intuitive eating is to eat consciously to not overdo it and gain all the weight back. When you’re following an intuitive approach to eating, you can eat whatever you want, including cake every day if you want, but you need to watch the quantity of food you’re eating. This means working on your emotional eating habits and cravings profoundly, so you can stop yourself from overeating or undereating.
The idea behind intuitive eating is simple: stop eating when you feel like you ate enough, based on the knowledge you’ve accumulated over the course of your fitness journey.
The perfect example would be a nice summer day with your friends. You go out, eating at restaurants from breakfast to dinner. You’re conscious of the day ahead, so you eat something light and high in protein for breakfast. You add in some carbohydrates in your lunch, and let yourself enjoy a nice meal for dinner, with maybe some alcohol, if you feel like it. If you go to restaurants that serve large plates, you don’t eat the entire plate, you eat half of it or however much you feel like you need, based on your past calorie needs.
Some people can even lose weight while following an intuitive approach to eating, as they’re more relaxed and emotional while dieting. If you feel like you’re ready to try intuitive eating, speak to your Astrofit coach about how you can implement it into your lifestyle.