Let’s talk about counting MACROS. If you don’t know what MACROS are then keep reading because I am going to be talking about what they are and why you should be counting them to help you in your health & fitness goals.
What Are MACROS?
MACROS are the three categories of nutrients you eat the most and provide you with most of your energy: protein, carbohydrates and fats. So when you’re counting your macros, you’re counting the grams of proteins, carbs or fat that you’re consuming.
Macros are not a fad diet or trend, but a way of better understanding the mix of macro nutrients (macros being protein, carbohydrates, and fat) and total calories that are right for you and your goals. I started counting my own personal MACROS a few month ago and it has been a game changer in my life. I like that I can eat carbs as long as I am within my daily limits.
For me having diets like the Keto Diet are hard to stick to because they limit your amount of carbs. I don’t want to completely give up carbs. Of course with counting MACROS you still need to watch your limits but this helps you be able to eat more things you like and enjoy. I like knowing if I choose to eat out it’s ok as long as I am within my limit to fit it into my day.
Why You Should Be Counting Them
Each macro nutrient plays a different role in the body and it’s important to understand what you need and how they impact you. We need micro and macro nutrients in our diet and supplements to live a healthy lifestyle and age well. The more we can understand what we are consuming and why, the less likely we are to continue to revisit the same problems
Counting macros can help someone make sure they are eating the right ratio of nutrients and maintain a moderate weight.
Counting macro nutrients may help people maintain a moderate weight.
Following a starch-based carbohydrate diet of 7–15% fat can reduce body fat percentage and reduce the likelihood of health complications from obesity in the short term.
People may be more likely to maintain a moderate weight if they track the amount of food and nutrients they consume over a longer period. Additionally, counting macro nutrients may help people reach their fitness goals.
Diets that are high in protein, such as those that involve consuming 1.4 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, help maintain muscle mass during resistance training.
How To Track MACROS
People may find that tracking the number of macro nutrients in their diet is helpful. There are several ways to track these values. Some people may prefer to use a food diary, where they note which foods they consume and their macro nutrient values. Other people may find prefer to use apps that automatically track these values.
After determining how many calories they require per day, people may wish to tailor their diets to include the correct amount of macro nutrients. For example people who need 2,000 calories a day their diet should be 200-600 Proteins, 500–700 calories from fat, 900–1,300 calories from carbohydrates.
I use an app to track my MACROS and it automatically calculates where I should be with what my health & weight loss goals are.
Counting Calories Or MACROS
Most food plans work by cutting calories it’s an approach that’s worked for many people but it’s not just about how much you’re eating every day but what you’re eating. In a calories diet eating 40 calories of lettuce would equal the same as eating 40 calories of chocolate for example.
On a calorie focused diet you could consume junk or nutrient-devoid food and still stay under your assigned calorie amount. However, you’d most likely be protein deficient and most probably eat much more fat than necessary.
Counting your macros you can optimize your diet so that you’re fueling your body from the right sources by keeping your carb, fat and protein intake in balance.
Plus, it can help with keeping your nutrition balanced between foods that fuel you and “fun” foods. For example, if you have a love for chocolate, you can add it into your daily macro allowance and work the rest of your meals around it. This is something that personally helps me stick to my goals. On other “diets” I feel that if I were to eat chocolate I would be falling off the bandwagon. I say “Diets” because I strive on this being a lifestyle and to me saying diet means temporary.
Counting your macros rather than counting calories may be a more effective weight loss solution for some, as it shifts the focus to a balanced diet, rather than just the overall calorie number. This means you’re more likely to be meeting your body’s nutritional and satiety needs.
Summary To Why You Should Be Counting MACROS
I hope this article helped you understand what MACROS are and the benefits to counting them. Now remember no matter what you deiced to do in order for it to work you have to actually put in the work and do it. Work on calling it a lifestyle because it’s going to be something you want to fit into your life so you can maintain it your whole life.
Sometimes at first anything new can be overwhelming but there a ton of YouTube video, and article online to help you on this journey. If your need help with understanding canting MACROS or guidance I would also love to help you in any way I can.
In every article you know I like to equip you with a FREEBIE to help you on your journey. In today’s freebie I am going to give you 10 high protein food you can incorporate into your daily eating habits.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do you count MACROS & if so what app do you use? Please comment below I would love to hear from you!