The last few weeks have been a lot of fun for me. Training daily, eating healthy, and allowing myself meals out and red wine nightcaps has gone down a storm mentally.
Yes, the less restrictive diet means I’m curvier, but I’m also killing training, I’m stronger, I’m happier, and I’m feeling the excitement build for my next prep in January.
However, my boyfriend has a very big, very topless shoot in 2 weeks time, and he’s asked me to help him rein it in beforehand.
His version of ‘rein it in’ is still a 4000 calorie a day diet, with a 40p 40c 20f macro split – aka more than what I’d face plant on a cheat day. And he cannot restrict any of this, not one macro or calorie, as he is a performance athlete, and if he shows up to training depleted and lethargic, I’ll be getting an angry phone call or 2.
However, there is no pretending that red wine nightcaps, fancy meals out and bowls of spaghetti as big as his head have a place in any kind of prep diet – they don’t. Alcohol isn’t bad for you in moderation, but it has a ton of wasted calories. Fancy meals out aren’t bad for you in moderation, but they have a ton of hidden calories and macros that are impossible to quantify. Bowls of spaghetti aren’t bad for you in moderation, but there are other carb sources that will help you train better and see better results.
And so, this is week 1 of a much more strictly monitored diet for him, and week 1 of a much more restricted diet for myself.
I figure why not jump in? Why not clear out the wine for a couple of weeks and eat from Tupperware en route instead of stopping for dinner? I want to see if 2 weeks of discipline with the same calorie and macro counts will do anything for me – and I have a very strong feeling that it absolutely will.
In the lead up to Christmas it is hard to stay on track. Parties, novelty foods, family visits – I get it. but if you can be strict until the grand occasion itself, your body will repay you for your efforts.