So, yes, you will lose weight if you eat what is in either of these pictures, if 1700 calories is a caloric deficit for you BUT the TYPE of weight loss is based off of the macronutrients in each picture. This is where “flexible dieting” or “tracking your macronutrients” come in!
These are nutrition concepts that give you numbers of 3 macronutrients needed in your body:
for you to hit throughout the day. Used correctly, it’s supposed to shift focus from a restrictive/unhealthy eating mindset to a more balanced mindset. .
YES you can literally eat any food you want AS LONG as it fits within your macros/calories for the day.
Which leads me to my point: not all nutrition is created equal. .
Example: 1700 calories of mostly fats and carbs in the first picture will not help you get to your goal of trying to change your body composition, as most people tend to under-eat protein and overeat on the other two macros.
1700 calories divided up purposefully into those macronutrients is better if you have specific weight loss goals. This will allow you to eat more food, and give you more micronutrients (i.e. vitamins and minerals) to assist in you not feeling like crap all day compared to if you solely ate foods mostly devoid of nutrients.
Eating fresh, nutrient dense foods AND incorporating things like 1/2 a bar of chocolate, a slice of pizza, a serving of S’mores goldfish, etc will help maintain sanity while transitioning into a lifestyle of sustained weight loss. .
No food in either picture is “bad” and I do eat all the foods in both pictures, just with an “80/20” balance of healthy/fun.
I hope this helps clarify why flexible dieting/macros is such a great choice for people who wish to lose weight and still want to eat foods they love.
As always, leave a comment if you want to chat more about this concept! 🤗
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (NASM)
Macro Nutrition Coach (NASM)