Oh, you’re not perfect at this?! Neither is anyone else! We are all going to “mess up” tracking our food sooner or later. The key is to not dwell on a bad day or allow it to turn into consecutive bad days. Let us come to terms with the fact that it is going to happen, to all of us. When it does, we will get over it and get back on track the following day.
There are two ways that most people run into trouble:
- You miscalculated your day and are left with an abundance of one macro, and ran out of the other two.
- You go completely off numbers for a day.
Although we are athletes and have certain goals, sometimes life does get in the way. This does not mean we should try and “make up for it” the next day by limiting what we eat. It means we should continue to try and hit our numbers correctly and move on from our slip up. One day will not destroy you.
The beautiful part about this and balancing macronutrient intake is that it is building a metabolism that is functioning strong enough to deal with “bad days”. I really want to make a point here to say that a miscalculation, or a meal that you know is outside of numbers, or of incorrect proportion, does not need to turn into a whirlwind of irresponsible eating. There is no need to forget what we know about nutrition because we know the day got away from us. My best coaching advice here is get through the day, drink lots of water to help flush the excess sugar and salt you likely consumed, and get back to your numbers the following day.
If it is an ongoing problem for you to stay within your prescribed numbers, then its time to react and bring it up! Whether it is difficult to reach your numbers, you notice you do well for a few days and then become uncomfortable, are having trouble with one macronutrient in particular, or are so hungry at the end of the day and find yourself eating too much to deal with the hunger – say something! I am here to help you be successful and these are all signs we need to make some changes! Unless you are on a hard deficit (which won’t be the majority), you shouldn’t feel hungry or unsatisfied at the end of the day. There are plenty of adjustments we can make together to keep you comfortable!
Trust the numbers and trust the system. If you have a bad day it is OK, let us move on and have a better one tomorrow!