10 Steps to Building Your Inner Athlete: One Macro At A Time
#4 ONE MACRO AT A TIME – BABY STEPS
For the amount of time you dedicate to training and getting a good sweat on, you should be able to show off what you work for by feeling great and looking great. What most people fail to realize is how important your entire lifestyle really is in playing a role towards these goals feeling and looking great.
Since you’re reading this, I take it you’ve started to think about, or have already decided to create this change in your lifestyle. In order to be most successful, we want to make sure we’re not biting off more than we can chew. That’s where things can go wrong and where most people usually fall off the wagon. It’s all about the little changes you make that soon turn into good habits, ultimately forming a better lifestyle.
So where do I start? Here are some questions you can ask yourself. What kind of good habits to I currently have?
Do I drink enough water first thing in the morning?
Do I take my vitamins every day, especially if I know I’m deficient in a certain nutrient?
Do I turn screens off 1 hour before bed time to make sure I get a sound sleep?
Do I get enough green vegetables every day in my current diet?
If you’ve answered “No” to any one of these questions, then you already know there’s a small change you can make to ultimately create a better lifestyle for yourself. Start there.
Over time, these small changes add up. You start to trust yourself that you can create small shifts and stay accountable, and you’re ready to tackle bigger challenges the more you build your confidence.
There’s always something we can be doing to better ourselves. What can you do to start?
The importance of understanding your quality of food before starting to count macronutrients is huge. The last thing we want to do is bite off more than we can chew by fitting measurements and numbers into our lifestyle before we have a good foundation. After that, you can start dialling in one thing at a time. Maybe after a week of tracking all your food, you realize that you eat way more fat than you realized. Let’s look at that first! Start to gradually reduce your fat intake over the course of a month (or more) and already you’ll start to see some changes. Once you’re there, then you can tackle the other macronutrients (Protein and Carbohydrates).
If all this is overwhelming and confusing, just remember one step at a time. If you’re feeling a little lost, approach a coach to help guide you through this phase. Getting to know our body is a process and a coach can help reduce the time to find your optimal diet plan in half.