“Somi, do you count macros or track calories?” This is one question I get on a d…

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“Somi, do you count macros or track calories?” This is one question I get on a daily basis. For the record, I don’t track macros or count calories. In my opinion, you only need to do this if you’re a professional athlete, and no, I don’t mean “social media athletes/influencers”, I mean real athletes like @serenawilliams @gomofarah @andymurray @djokernole etc etc.

If you’re just trying to live a healthier lifestyle, just choose nutrient dense foods at least 80-85% of the time and allow yourself treats the other 15-20% of the time. The key is not to go overboard with anything. I know that most people who track calories or macros are either trying to lose excess fat or not gain unnecessary weight. Once again, the same advice I just gave applies. Don’t get fuss over numbers, that mindset just leaves you stressed and obsessed.

Deep down in your heart, you know the sort of foods you should be eating. Eat those in quantities that keep you satisfied. Do not overeat and do not undereat. You body is extremely clever and if you feed it the right things in the right proportions, it will look, feel and function in the way you want it to.

Moderate amounts of exercise never hurt anyone, but that does not mean you need to spend hours in a gym. You don’t have to try to lift the heaviest weight or do the most intense HIIT workouts or go around pulling heavy objects just to be like your favourite social media influencer. What they show on social media is not really their reality so why try to make it yours? Most of them are now complaining of unbalanced hormones and other health problems…Short bursts of intense exercise or more gentle stretching is more than adequate.

For me, this is not a race or a competition to be a bikini model. It’s about knowing I’m fuelling my body in the best way possible and doing everything I can to keep my internal organs and bones strong. Plus, lets be honest here, who doesn’t like to look and feel good in their own skin? –
Bottom line, figure out what lifestyle you want to create for yourself and take the necessary steps to achieve it. Also do it because its what you want and not because society tells you it is what is best for you.

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Bette

My name is Bette. I'm a 34 year old female from Turkey. My occupation is a website designer and I work from a home office. I have struggled with my weight since puberty. Still figuring out.

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