I gained almost 10 pounds this summer. There, I said it. Sure, some of it might be bloat but there is no denying that I overindulged and my body reacted by putting on some weight. That’s life – it happens! Your body goes through different stages and based on life’s circumstances it will change. It’s taken me a LONG time to accept this, but that’s just how it is and I’ve learned to appreciate my body in every stage.
That being said, of course I want to work hard to get back to where I was and feel more lean. My first thought was that I would do a cut (lower calories in order to tone up). I checked in with Josh Ledbetter (my macros coach) and told him my plan. To my surprise, he suggested I actually go back to my regular maintenance macros and NOT do a cut.
This is why it’s so great to have a coach 🙂 . Someone to keep you in check and give you advice and direction makes a huge difference! I know I preach it all the time, but this is one of the main reasons I love the Ledbetter program – they will take the time to answer your questions and guide you personally!
I know it can be tempting to cut calories after a period of indulgence or weight gain, but that’s not always the right step. My plan is to continue my maintenance calories for about a month and then reassess. If I’m steadily starting to see muscle definition again, there is no need to cut!
It’s also important to remember that it takes longer to get back in shape than it does to get out of shape. I put on some weight and inches over a period of about 6 weeks, so it’s unreasonable to think I will be back to where I was in 3 weeks. It takes double the time to lose it that it did to put it on, so I am keeping my expectations realistic. Honestly, I probably won’t be back to where I was until October and that is ok! Make sure to keep your expectations in check or you will set yourself up for disappointment.