If you’ve been following along for a while you know that I spent the past seven-ish months on a reverse diet. You can read about what a reverse diet is here and my thoughts after completing the process here.
What I haven’t talked a ton about is what I did before the reverse diet. I started my fitness journey in March 2017. That’s when I cleaned up my diet (but wasn’t counting macros yet) and started BBG. After about two months of “clean eating” and basic calorie counting (I started using My Fitness Pal and was trying to stick to under 1,500 calories a day) I discovered macro counting on Instagram. I was skeptical at first becuase it seemed like a lot of work, but was willing to give it a try after seeing so many people I followed rave about it and the freedom of food choices it allowed.
Since I was still at the beginning of my fitness journey, I decided to begin a “fat loss” macros phase. My goal was to lose weight and fat. I had already lost about 5 pounds by clean eating but wanted to really get lean and lose some more weight.
Let me be clear here – the ONLY way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. Plain and simple.
Counting macros is not some magical way to be able to eat in excess and still lose weight.
Counting macros is a tool to help you eat the right types of calories for your body goals while also being able to incorporate treats in controlled amounts.
So, yes, you will likely be a little hungry if you are in a calorie deficit. That’s just how it is! Not to be negative, but you have to accept that you are eating less than your body needs in order to lose weight and that comes with consequences. Again, totally worth it to reach your goal! And that’s why you shouldn’t be in a caloric deficit for too long – it’s not sustainable for the long-term but is necessary to reach your weight loss goals.
Ok so back to my fat loss macros. Since I was new to the IIFYM lifestyle, I selected a coach to count my macros that I found on social media. While her process did work for me in the sense that I lost weight, I wasn’t a fan of how she ran her business. I used her calculations for about 6 months until I felt like I had lost the necessary amount of weight and was happy with my appearance. At this point, I had been at a caloric deficit for quite a while and knew it was time for a change. That’s when I decided to join Team Ledbetter and begin my reverse diet!
I had been following Julie Ledbetter on Instagram for a while and was struck by her positivity, encouragement, and realness. Joining the Ledbetter team was the best decision I made so far on this fitness journey.
Long story short, a fat loss phase isn’t exactly fun. It’s necessary and worth it, but just know that anytime you are eating less than your body needs you might also have to deal with lower energy, hunger, grumpiness, etc. I wasn’t like that all the time, but certainly had my moments 🙂 . It’s a necessary evil but you CAN do it! It takes determination, dedication, and discipline but you are STRONG and CAPABLE. I just want you to know it is not easy.
But if it were easy, everyone would do it! That’s what sets US apart from everyone else.