Monday, September 14, 2015

Reverse Dieting: Week Two

Well there goes another week haha. Week two is done and went a little better than the first.

So after the complete cheat day at the wedding, I got right back on track starting Monday. We decided to keep my macros the same because of the fluctuation back on the rise. Keeping your macros the same allows your body to readjust and try to achieve homeostasis. My body did pretty well keeping around the same weight. The week went well with macro hitting everyday. Of course still dreading having the two rest days in a row (stupid work) but that might be changing, well see. However, yesterday (Sunday), thought I hit my numbers perfectly and I was laying in bed checking again to make sure I ate everything and I notice SHITTTT! The coolwhip I had I was only suppose to have a total of 8tbsp, well Im stupid and when I weighed it out I was like ok 9g x 8; however, the 9g is for 2tbsp which is one serving! So technically I went over my macros :( AH! I know it happens but I literally hit everyday pretty close to perfect and I was like yes a week where I can accurately see what is happening and can evaluate my macros tomorrow, but nooo the serving size had to be 2tbsp not 1tbsp, come on now. So yesterday I ended up going 4g over in fat and 8g over in carbs..ugh.

Even though I had this failure of a day, and today my weight was up (Im kind of thinking its cause I'm pretty sore from a heavy leg day) I'm still going to up my macros. 5g in carbs and 1g in fat.

9/8 Tuesday +1.2lbs
9/9 Wednesday -2.8lbs
9/10 Thursday -0.6lbs
9/11 Friday +1.2lbs
9/12 Saturday -0.2
9/13 Sunday -0.8lbs
9/14 Monday +2.2lbs

Total for the week -1.0lbs

Goal again for the week: hit macros/no cheats/monitor serving sizes more carefully

Hope this helps,

Ps. You can follow me on myfitnesspal: claires2390

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Reverse Dieting: Week One

Well, week one of my reverse is done and gone.

The first three days it was going awesome! Hitting my macros and dropping weight even with more food; however, I have to take two rest days in a row because of work, which let me tell you SUCKS! So I figured ok my weight will probably go up a little bit which it did. Then was able to workout on both days of the weekend and weight dropped down a little bit. On Sunday I got invited to a wedding, in my head I was going to still try to count or just eat before I went, that was an epic failure. We (boyfriend and I) got to the wedding and there was food and of course goodies, so I told myself ok I wont count macros today but my goal is to not binge on all the goodies. The dinner went well, ate my food, picked halfway decent choices and enjoyed. But then I pasted the goodie table filled with candy and cookies! And my brain was like GOOO haha, so of course I ate like 7 cookies and some candy. Thankfully I pulled it together and stopped. Did I feel guilty? Yes. Did I binge as bad as I have before? No. Will it ruin my progress? Probably not and I need to keep reminding myself that. One bad day is not going to ruin everything. I did end up gaining a little after that day but I know give it about two days and I should be back to normal. Therefore, the next day (Monday) I got up, did my workout and hit my macros perfectly. Praying that when I weigh in the morning I will be down or even back to normal weight. I guess we will wait and see.

I am really enjoying eating more food though. Ive also come to the conclusion that it is going to get cooler outside soon, which means pants and long sleeves so will people really notice if I put on a few pounds while trying to repair my Therefore, I am more ok with gaining a little because I know in the end my cuts will go better and faster along with being able to lean out on more food.

Week One
8/31 Monday: day one of reverse
9/1 Tuesday: -0.4lbs
9/2 Wednesday: -0.4lbs
9/3 Thursday: -1.2lbs
9/4 Friday: +0.8lbs
9/5 Saturday: +1.4lbs
9/6 Sunday: -0.8lbs
9/7 Monday: + 1.6lbs-wedding was yesterday

since day one: +1.8lbs total

Goal for this week: Hit macros/no cheats

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

All About My Macros & Reverse Dieting

Apparently IIFYM (if it fits your macros) has been all the craze lately in the fitness realm; however, many people don't understand what IIFYM is or how it can help them reach their fitness goals. Now let me just state, I am not a personal trainer or certified nutrition coach, I just wanted to put down on paper my experience and journey using IIFYM.

So what is IIFYM: its an acronym for if it fits your macros. Macros are carbs, fats and proteins. Each food item you consume is made up of macros. 1 gram of carbs = 4k/cal, 1 gram of protein = 4k/cal and 1 gram of fat = 9k/cal. Depending on your daily allowance of grams for each macronutrient, it will add up to an allotted amount of calories per day. This daily allowance is based off of your own personal/fitness goals whether its to maintain, lose, or gain. The goal is to hit your specific macro numbers each day. Now that you got a VERY Very short, non detailed description, we can into my experience.

My journey: Prior to macro counting, I would eat in moderation, meaning I would eat healthy foods throughout the day but in all honestly probably in too small of amounts (restriction of calories). This left me deprived and wanting unhealthy food especially on the weekends, which I would allow myself to have such as burgers or Mexican but I would eat very small calorie foods prior to "make up" for the junk food. I was tired of my lack of progress in the muscle department and sick of my weight fluctuations. As I was scrolling through instagram, I noticed a lot of people were talking and using IIFYM. They had my "goal" body and eating all this great food and a lot of it, so I was immediately interested. In winter, I tried to figure out my own macro numbers and that was an epic failure on my part since I had no idea what I was really doing and I actually ended up gaining about 5-7 pounds, which was frustrating. So I went back to my old ways and back down to my "normal" weight. Then I decided to do a one month trial with a nutrition coach, hoping she could find my maintenance and possibly start cutting (eating in a calorie deficit). We somewhat found my maintenance and by that I mean my weight did fluctuate about 2-3 pounds higher than my normal. So after that month I was debating what to do, whether to try this macro thing on my own or pay a nutrition coach for a longer period of time. In the end, I decided to join Katie ( where I officially started this macro journey at the beginning of June 2015.

In the beginning we tried to do a slow cut by minimally tweaking my macros to help weight loss but keeping the most amount of food as possible. After two months of very minimal changes, I asked for a hard cut, which meant more of a caloric deficit. After about 2.5-3 weeks of hitting my macros perfectly and hitting my workouts, the scale was barely changing (which was not suppose to be happening-it was suppose to be moving more). However, my body composition completely changed, which for me was my muscles grew and replaced my fat so I did appear more toned than I previously was even though the scale is the devil and didn't reflect this progress, thankfully pictures did! That's why always take progress photos and even measurements. When I checked in today, wondering if my macros were going to be lowered (keep in mind they were already pretty low), we decided that my metabolism needed some good old TLC and needed to rebuild before trying to cut again. Therefore, we decided to reverse diet.

Reverse dieting is slowly increasing calories (macros) over time to help rebuild your metabolic function more efficiently and effectively. In other words you get to eat more food and who doesn't love that! We are reversing me at a slow rate to help my body adapt to using more calories without packing on the pounds (at least thats the goal).

So today is officially the first day of my reverse diet journey. This week my carbs have been increased by 5g per day and let me just tell you, I am super nervous. I'm nervous because even though I haven't reached my goal yet I have made some small progress and I don't want all my hard work to go to waste. This macros process isn't all fun food and results, its time consuming, draining, hard work, and needs consistency. Even though it has been extremely frustrating during the cut, I need to continually remind myself that I am eating more food than I ever have, I have no restrictions on food or weird food rules, and this isn't an overnight fix. Some of these fitness ladies have been utilizing IIFYM for years, whereas I have only been doing this for about 3 months. Overall, it has been a learning experience and a step in increasing my overall health and well-being.

I will continue to post updates about how my reverse diet is going and open up to the downfalls (hopefully minimal) and triumphs of this extremely nerve racking process for me. So stay tuned!