I don’t know who needs to hear this, but it’s impossible to eat “perfectly” for 8 weeks. That’s not the goal.
Something to consider though… what does a new, healthier “normal” look like?
The healthier I eat on a regular basis, the less I crave unhealthy things. But I do eat them sometimes… just not as often as I used to.
Like, I love nachos, but I don’t really need to have nachos in the next 8 weeks. There will still be nachos later on, and I don’t need to worry about suffering from a nacho deficit.
But I might have them, and I’m not going to beat myself up about it if I do. I’ll just get back on track with the next meal. I think the key to healthier eating habits is to not look TOO far ahead or issue yourself ultimatums.
Something that was super helpful to me last year around this time was to set some expected habits:
—Log into MyFitnessPal religiously – I have a 390-day streak going
—Drink 128 oz water daily (Dru challenged us to do this in 2019)
—1500 calories a day – might play with calorie cycling this year
—Grocery shopping from a standard list at the same time every week
—Meal Prep Sundays
I usually do a few days each week of super low carb – just protein and green veggies…Then I add in sweet potatoes and other non-gluten carb options for the rest of the days. I get 140-160 gms of protein daily through 2 protein shakes (breakfast and snack) and my lean body mass shows it. It also made weight loss easier, when I made protein a priority.
Overall goals with nutrition:
Eat gluten free
Eat dairy free
Eat sugar free
Only because I discovered I got better weight loss results when I limited these things.
But if I don’t get it exactly right on any given day, again, I’m not going to beat myself up about it…I’m just going to get back on track. But I know I feel better when I avoid processed foods, gluten, dairy and sugar.
I have ZERO expertise in nutrition, just sharing what structure has worked for me. And I’d LOVE to hear what other peeps are doing to make the TC work for them!