GL Nutrition has finally arrived and over the next few months I will be sharing my top tips on how to stick to a healthy lifestyle. First up – tracking your daily food.
We’ve all been there – we find a new diet that looks simple enough, until a few days in…we cave. The one thing I’ve learnt that is key to sticking to a healthy lifestyle is tracking your food. That means calories, fat, protein, carbs and macros that are suited to you and your goals!
Tracking your food before you start to make changes, is absolutely key. You need to know what you are currently eating now and how much, before you can change it. When you’re doing this – be completely honest. If you don’t input that brownie that accidentally slipped into your lunch, you’re only kidding yourself.
There are so many different ways to track your food; from simply writing it down, taking photos or tracking it on an app. My personal choice is on the app MyFitnessPal. My Fitness Pal gives you the choice to input your daily calorie and macros goals. So many foods are already saved on the app that finding what you’re eating is pretty damn simple!
It can be pretty daunting at first tracking all of your food but it certainly makes you realise that eating naughty treats every day probably isn’t your best option (even though we all wish we could)!
My Fitness Pal will also ask for your current weight and how much weight you would like to lose, giving you an idea of how many calories to eat each day. The number one thing to remember is almost every website and quick fix will tell you something different and setting yourself a goal to lose 10 pounds a week is not being very reasonable.
Start by setting yourself a goal – spend one week inputting everything you eat; be completely honest and the next week, take your first small step to being healthier by removing one or two of those slightly unhealthier foods. Don’t make big changes all at once and it will be a lot easier to stick to!
Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself! Everyone has days where they’re craving something a little sweeter, its normal! This doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself for the rest of the day. Mistakes will be a lot easier to get over if you accept it’s happened and start again the next day, you’re not going to gain ALL of the weight you’ve worked hard to lose so far from one treat. Eating healthily is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix diet.