So, ever since I decided to get serious about fitness, more fitness inspired posts have popped up on my Instagram explorer page. If you know me, I believe in “the law of attraction,” and feel that we are all drawn to things, people, experiences and circumstances that are related to goals we set for ourselves.
About 3 weeks ago, Abby Austin’s post popped up on my explorer page. She is a professional bikini competitor who is in great shape but what was really intriguing about her page were pictures of all the delicious food she posted. I was like: “How?” LOL!! The answer: FLEXIBLE DIETING, or in better terms, Flexible EATING. Learn more about Abby and find out what Flexible dieting is and how it can help you reach your fitness/weight goals.
“What is your background?”
I’ve always been an athlete, playing soccer and basketball. I learned about weight lifting in high school and fell in love. Since then I have worked with multiple elite trainers to learn various training techniques, done ongoing nutrition research, and became a personal trainer and fitness competitor. I help women build strength and confidence to Always Live Active.
“What is “flexible dieting?” (what are the benefits)
Flexible dieting entails consuming your food intake based on the three macronutrients: carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Basically as long as you achieve your macronutrient targets, then food selection is to your choice, allowing more flexible food decisions. While calories in/out determines if weight is gained or lost, macronutrients determine whether that change is fat or muscle mass. Most diets fail because they are too absolute or too short term. Flexible dieting, however, is not a diet but a sustainable way to consume your food long term.
“Why is it important for people to know their macro nutrient intake?”
Macro means large, so macronutrients are needed in large amounts and it’s important to understand your macro intake to know if you are getting enough of each. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source for fuel and metabolism, protein helps repair and maintain body tissues, while fat is for development and concentrated energy.
Flexible dieting also allows the best way to consume a full range of vitamins and minerals (essential micronutrients) by eating a variety of foods.
“Does the timing of when we eat certain foods effect weight gain/loss?”
Yes! Nutrient timing is important for where your nutrients go when you ingest them, enhanced workout recovery, and improved body composition. For both weight gain or weight loss, aim to consume a majority of carb dense foods during and after exercise (within 3 hours). Outside of the 3 hour window consume primarily protein and fat, and fewer carb dense foods (25% or less of the meal).
“What advice would you give for people who are new to dieting and exercise?”
Don’t be afraid to eat. Not consuming enough food is just as harmful to your body as overeating. You need enough fuel to power through your day and exercise. Portion control is important too – a general rule of thumb is to eat portions no larger than your fist. As for exercise, start slow but also become educated in proper form of movements. Resistance (weight) training is important for everyone because its more effective for fat loss, increases your energy, heart and bone health, as well as relieves stress. Continue to challenge yourself!
“Do you provide consulting services?”
Of course! I work with women who are looking to lose weight, build muscle, get their nutrition on track, or prepare for a fitness competition. I provide customized meal plans and workout regimens for an individuals goals and progress.
“How can people contact you?”
I’d love to hear from you at Abby@alafitness.com or my website www.alafitness.com.