Setting nutrition goals is so important to your health and fitness journey. When I was first starting out, my inexperienced mindset led me to coach clients by saying things like, “You should just count all of your calories all of the time. It’s super easy. You just go to the store, spend like an hour getting lost trying to find ingredients, come home and spend 3 hours cooking, then throw away half the meals 5 days later.” Who can relate to this ridiculousness?
And then, I had kids. And boy, was I wrong.
I then realized that my clients were making excuses. They weren’t rationalizing their ‘bad’ behavior. They were telling the truth! This sh*t is really, really hard. How is a human being supposed to workout and maintain a healthy diet with this crazy, chaotic life? Counting calories isn’t even an option. (I’ll take a double cheeseburger and a beer, please and thank you.)
I then had another realization: counting calories isn’t a bad thing — I was just using it wrong. Counting calories is a tool. A hammer can build a house, or tear it down, right? It’s how we use the tool that makes the most impact. So if I start using calorie counting as a temporary means to educate myself rather than to track my successes and failures, I may actually see some results.
If you’re new to this journey..welcome. We are in the business of changing lives here. I recommend the apps “Lose It” or “My Fitness Pal”. Use these applications for 7-30 days depending on your current knowledge and comfort level. Make it a goal to log all of your food for this duration – unbiasedly and honestly. It’ll give you two things: 1. A real snapshot of your caloric intake that’ll serve as your foundation for change, 2. Education on your calories and macros.
Reasons to log our food:
- Avoid mindless eating
- Logging consistently is the best way to lose weight
- Logging before you eat can help you plan
- Restaurants have a high price… in calories
- Logging helps you watch out for hidden dangers
- It is possible to not eat enough
- It’s crucial to keep those portions under control
- It’s important to track nutrients
Your relationship with food starts with respecting the food. Understand it and what it can do for your body. Each time you log a food item, SAY OUT LOUD TO YOURSELF THREE TIMES: how many calories, macros, and call out sugars so you begin to gain awareness of what you’re putting in your body.
I promise you’ll be a pro in no time and eating will begin to become enjoyable. The relationship you’ve always wanted with food starts here!
Devan Kline Show Podcast episodes
- How to simplify your fitness and nutrition plan with Mike Matthews
- Devan’s 5 nutrition tips to make your life easier
- 10 minute motivation: 5 practical nutrition tips