Food is a personal and sometimes touchy subject for many of us. When we talk about having a healthy relationship with food, it may sound silly, but it’s actually a major part of determining how successful or unsuccessful you are with your nutrition and lifestyle.
Right now there are copious amounts of “Nutritional Methods” out there for you to pick and choose from. From the Ketogenic Diet, to “Flexible Dieting”, to IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macro’s), Whole-30, Paleo, and even Blood-Type Diets… You get the point. There are a LOT of methods to choose from.
Tracking Macros – The Good:
Tracking Macros (Macronutrients: Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats) has been popular for some time now, and many people still use it as their preferred method for improving body composition. Tracking macros allows the person to essentially track their calories with a more precise view of the composition of those calories. If you have performance related goals, or very specific body composition goals, (Like: Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Wrestling) this is a fantastic method that can work very well.
But what if you don’t compete in a sport that has weight classes? What if you aren’t stepping onto stage to compete in a physique competition? What if you’re somebody who:
- Works a full time job
- Wants to be able to occasionally enjoy good food and even some alcohol without feelings of guilt and anxiety
- Is looking to improve their overall health and fitness
- Wants to feel more comfortable & confident
Can tracking your macros help with the above? For some of you – absolutely! For many others, it’s not a great long-term strategy. Why is that? After all, if you have a specific number of proteins, carbs, and fats to shoot for every day, it can’t be that hard, can it? In addition, there are numerous FREE macro calculators out there for you to use, so that information is neither hard to come by, nor proprietary.
Tracking Macros – The Bad:
As we’ve stated before, people love to get caught up in the minutiae of their diet/nutrition because it lends a sense of control to the person. While a sense of control is good for getting you started, it doesn’t solve the root issue most people face when it comes to diet and nutrition, which doesn’t work well for sustainability. In order to properly track your macronutrient intake, you need to weigh and measure your food. Not just some of it – all of it.
This can be great way to gain a better understanding of portion sizes so you can “eyeball” your food, but only if you’re willing and able to eventually let go of the scale and measuring cups. What we often see three scenarios play out with this method:
- The person develops an obsessive reliance on weighing and measuring their food
- They do well during the week, then goes crazy over the weekend – ruining their progress
- The person becomes frustrated or burnt out, and gives up entirely
So what can be done to avoid these pitfalls of tracking macros?
More Sustainable Options to Tracking Macros:
To have long-term success with your nutrition, you need to develop:
- Habits built around your unique lifestyle and goals
- An understanding of how to properly fuel your body
- A healthy relationship with food (and alcohol)
- Realistic goals and expectations based on your lifestyle
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