I believe the true beauty of following a quantified nutrition plan is not having to give up anything- you can have everything and anything as long as it falls within your macros. Believe it or not, during this 6-pack-abs journey of mine, I had stuffed parathas, biryani, chicken curry, rice, omelettes, ice cream almost daily and still maintained my 1600 calorie limit. I also ensure that my protein intake is minimum 1.2-1.5 grams of body weight.
It was only after I started coaching under experts did I realize that the reason I wasn’t losing weight before was my bad metabolism. My calorie intake was way less than my BMR and that’s the reason I was not reducing weight so we started working on it and gradually increased food intake from 1400 cals to 2600 cals diet over a period of 3 months along with basic weight training.
My metabolism recovered and that was the perfect time to cut down that extra mass so we started reducing calories and came down to 1600 in 3 months with a regular workout. You know I have only reduced 4 KGs of weight during this period but have lost 4 inches from waist… another miracle.. the extra fat converts into muscle mass .
Pre-workout meal: A black coffee
Post-workout meal: Nothing as such
P.S.- My dinner is always the heaviest meal (700+ calories) and that too after 8:30 P.M.
I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): I can have all my favourites at home so having a specific cheat day is absolutely not required.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: No food is bad food until it’s fitting into your macros, still, I like the white eggs and chicken breast most as it has good protein when compared to its total calorie and price index.
I also have 5L of water every day.