“Stick to 1200 calories a day”.
I understand that this is a guideline, and that’s fine, but 1200 calories just seems to be everyone’s go-to daily intake. This is not everyone’s number! If you want to know your own, look into it. Visit a site like myfitnesspal or sparkpeople and find out how many calories you should be consuming in a day. This varies based on: your current weight, how quickly you would like to lose the weight, how much you are working out, what type of lifestyle you live. Look into it! Do the research, and don’t just go based on “1200 calories”.
“Your plate should be ___% veggies, ____% protein, and ____% carbs”.
The truth is, not everybody should be consuming the same things. Our bodies are all different, and our food should reflect that. Some people don’t process certain types of foods as well as others, and your diet should reflect that. Again, it also comes down to the type of life you are living. I know that all of these tell you that your plate should be mostly veggies, but my ideal plate is mainly protein, then veggies, then carbs. This is probably true for some of you as well, as protein is what you need in order to build lean muscle and properly fuel your body.
“This is ‘good food’, that is ‘bad food’”.
It’s all about moderation folks. I see people getting asks all the time asking, “I had ________. Is that good for you?” Now obviously there are certain things that are actually good for you, because they have vital vitamins and nutrients, but there are also foods that aren’t bad for you, but they aren’t exactly “good for you” either. Also, it isn’t all about eating things that are “good for you”. Things like frozen yogurt, or even ice cream! No, they’re not “good for you”, but eating a bit of it is fine!
Sorry about the rant you guys, and this isn’t meant to single anyone out. I love all my fellow fitblrs, and you are super motivating!
Stay healthy. Stay happy. Stay beautiful.