It’s frustrating really, you’re in the work kitchen and some one will see you making food and say to you “OMG you’re eating all of that” and you resort to your classic come back “actually there is only X amount of calories in this meal”.
They then look at you stunned and say “but where do you put it all?”
And you reply “um…in my stomach!”.
The trouble with being a flexible dieter is that you’re really fighting a losing battle trying to educate people, who aren’t for example:
Below is my breakfast from this morning:
That’s 2 x slices of Chia Seed Loaf, 1 tomato, 3 eggs, 10g of Vegemite, 60g mushrooms and 1 cup of spinach/kale mixture.
Calories: 367 P:27 C:27 Fat:17
This was a meal that I my self looked at and thought, good carbs, good fats, plenty of veggies and bread because YOLO, we’re flexible dieting here.
But this was a meal that a girl in my office was stunned to think I could eat all of and that it was okay on my diet?
I then did the classic, I count all my calories and I can have X amount of protein, fat, carbs, bla bla bla and she still didn’t understand and replied “you must have a good metabolism”. When you train hard and count all your macro’s to a tee, this can feel pretty insulting, but not one that is uncommon.
So below because the struggle is REAL I have listed said struggles that I and my family and friends in the fitness world have found are common yet actually quite humorous when you think about it (from an Macro-nutrient frame of mind).
You’re eating that much? How do you not put on weight?
Don’t answer, it’s a trick! the more you try and explain calories in and calories out the further you will dig your self in.
I thought you were dieting, that’s junk food
Yet these are the same people that consistently say “you need to live a little”.
You must spend so much on food!
Actually when you pre plan your meals you know exactly how much to buy so no food gets wasted, and you probably waste less money than old mate Tim in the office who sneaks off for a sneaky Muffin and iced coffee every afternoon. That means more money for Kmart
Doesn’t that take ages to make all that food?
Nope meal prep Sunday. And no having to do it the night before or rushing to do it before work.
How do you go out with friends to eat?
Very very simply, you eating steak? Me too
You eat so much where do you put it?
I mentioned this above. In my STOMACH.
But where does it go?
I don’t think I need to explain the human anatomy…
That’s way over board why don’t you just cut out your carbs?
*face palm* Why don’t you just suck the life right out of me now! If that was our goals, we would! But ain’t no body got time for that when we can literally have our cake and eat it too.
That’s a bit pedantic weighing your food all out.
Nope it’s not actually, If I’m going to the gym and trying to build muscle, I want to make sure my muscles have the right fuel and the right tools to repair them selves.
Ice cream! But that has sugar in it, that can’t be good for you!
And I’ve also eaten protein and fat all morning, and this ice cream is extra low fat so that means I can add 20g of peanut butter… STOP again you’re digging your self in deeper. No matter how much you explain that you weigh your food and base your nutrients around what you want to eat, they still wont get it.
You must have a fast metabolism
YOUR FACE IS A FAST METABOLISM… I have no comeback to this one sorry, but it makes us very butt hurt when people say this.
Like yes I’ve just spent an hour training in the gym and pre organising what I eat, but I do have a fast metabolism!
Flexible dieting can be a real struggle, especially in a world where people are taught that cutting all of your carb’s out will fix all of your issues and god know’s we will never get the same respect as Vegan’s.
But at the end of the day, all of this criticism shouldn’t make you doubt your lifestyle, because you can always remember that #bitcheslovecake.