I had the most amazing beef brisket burger today. Just wanted to share that.
How do you fit those types of meals into your eating plan?
One way is to count your macros/calories. If you want to lose fat you eat less than your body needs per day. (or over the course of a week)
The other way is to eat "clean" most days of the week and to have a meal or two one day a week where you go off the normal diet plan.
Either way works. Any diet can work.
For how long? And will you have a big rebound?
Here's a big concern that no one really thinks about. Ok, you lose 20 lbs. in 6 weeks. Then what? What does your diet become after that? Can you sustain it?
Or do you go right back to where you were before ?
Diet and training are simple yet complex at the same time.
The human body is an adaptive machine. Our body doesn't want to be super lean. It wants to survive, which means having more fat stored up.
We have to constantly work with our body and understand it. The best diet is the one you can stick with and adapt as you go. As you change, as you age, go through different transitions, transformations, have new goals etc..
The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn to listen to your body.. Pay attention. Write down what you experience. Take notes on what foods make you feel bloated, what foods give you great energy, what drinks give you a headache etc..
What I want to say is this - have that brisket burger. Enjoy it. And don't worry about it. When the meal is over, that's it. It's over. No guilt. No starving yourself for a half a day. Have a plan, stick to it 80-90% of the time depending on your goals. If you want more fat loss then go more towards 90% but you can still enjoy that apple pie or burger or whatever treat you want.
Don't stress about it. Just eat the damn burger already.