A calorie deficit or surplus should not be your everyday

We are halfway through our Body Transformation challenge here at LP and some of our members are at a calorie deficit to lose some body fat and some are at a calorie surplus to gain some muscle mass. These challenges are designed for the short term – because no one wants to be in a “challenge” forever and neither does your body.

Let me say that again – A calorie deficit or surplus should not be your every day.

We should be in calorie balance and optimally fuelled most times in life.

What does this mean? 

Determining how to optimally fuel yourself is about combining a general understanding of nutrition science while also finding what works best for you. There is a lot of physical, mental and emotional individuality at play and there are endless approaches to nutrition, 


the most-studied and healthiest lifestyles contain the following foundational components:

  • Reliance on Whole Foods
  • Balanced Macronutrients
  • Ample Micronutrients
  • Positive Mindset
  • Social Connection
  • Physical Activity
  • Abundant Sleep

As you move towards your optimal eating patterns, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are your goals?
  • What are your values?
  • What are your preferences?
  • What is your current activity level?
  • What health conditions are present?

The ultimate goal is to be aware of what we are eating and why we are eating it, always continuing to build a diet and lifestyle that supports all aspects of our health.

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Michelle de Jong

Michelle has always had a passion for fitness, nutrition and sport. She is now a mom of her daughter Maddison. Being a Mom and Fitness Coach has brought an entirely new appreciation to the challenges of “Living The Fit Life” while balancing a career, family and fitness. 

The passion for “Tales from The Fit Life” Blog came from 12 years of working with clients on their fitness and health journey. Tune in each week to learn about Fitness, Nutrition, Recovery and the X-Factor tips that have helped transform the lives of Michelle’s Clients at Limitless Performance.

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