Making sure that you are in a deficit in order to lose body fat and get into better shape is the biggest driver of results. However, staying in that deficit can be harder than you think if you eat continuously throughout the day. In this article, I'm going to talk about why eating all of the damn time could be making things more difficult for you in the long run.
The concept of a "Cheat Day" or a "Cheat Meal" has been around for a long time. The idea being that if you are on point 6 out of the 7 days of the week then you deserve a little bit of break and you can eat all of that food that you've been restricting yourself from having because you've earned it. What harm could one day have in the grand scheme of things?
For some people this works well: they can have their cake and eat it too (quite literally). For others, this can set off a downward spiral of binge eating, guilt, and shame.
I recently had a conversation with a friend who was undergoing an exercise plan, they had been following it for several weeks now and thought that they weren't making progress because they weren't sore after their workouts anymore. It seemed that their concept of progress was tied to how much they felt they had beaten their body up over a workout and how "sore" they were the following day
If you're trying to make progress towards your 'goal body image', or just generally feel and look better then there's several ways in which your body will try to fight back and prevent you from making progress. That's right, I'm saying that even though you want to achieve something, you body is actively fighting against you, that's what I'm going to talk about in this post
In order to lose body fat and reach your goal physique you're going to have to maintain a calorie deficit for an extended period of time. Like outlined in this post, any diet will work eventually if it follows some form of calorie restriction. On top of that, to ensure your are eating the right balance of macronutrients, you're going to have to have an idea of how much Protein, Carbohydrates and dietary Fat you are consuming on daily basis and making sure that it is aiding you on the journey towards your goal.
To this day I believe the single best thing for my health was learning and understanding how to track my macros. What does that even mean you ask? Tracking your macros means tracking what you eat and how much Protein, Dietary fat and Carbohydrates you take in each day. Now this doesn't mean having to track for the rest of your life but doing this for a single month will make you much more aware of what you are actually eating, and make you more cognoscente of your eating habits.