MACRONUTRIENTS, Macros, tracking your food, #myfitnesspal, SO many different names..one meaning. If you don’t know what counting macronutrients is, here is an article that explains it. In Alexis’ terms it’s tracking the fats, carbs and proteins you are putting into your body every, single day. Monitoring this helps you from over-eating, KNOWING what you are eating and how much you should be eating, to hit your goals!
A few years ago, when I was overly OBSESSIVE about what I put into my mouth, I hired a coach to help me adjust my macros daily to reach my goals. I wanted to learn about counting macros for my specific body so that in the future I could do it on my own.
Basically I paid him $100 every month for seven months and he told me exactly how many grams of fats, carbs, and protein I could have in a day. From there I would weigh my foods each day to make sure I hit my numbers as closely as possible. (Hannah, if you’re reading this- God Bless your family for dealing with me doing this every meal) He adjusted my numbers, as needed, depending on my report for the day. (How I was feeling, if I was lifting, doing cardio, hungry, not hungry, etc.) When I was lean enough (I think my weight was 124) then I “reverse dieted”. (The main reason started to reverse diet was because I was literally miserable. Had zero energy, eating very little, so I said F*** this and told him I was ready to reverse it- AKA start eating more)
YES, I hit my goals. NO, it was not worth it. Still to this day I am ALWAYS thinking about food. Healthy foods, poor choices of foods, snacks, what/when I will eat next, the macros in every single thing I eat, etc. I turned even more obsessive and it was exhausting!
*The coach I was working with had me dieting for almost 18 weeks so I believe that is what went wrong.*
The only way I would ever count my macros again or recommend someone else count their macros is if:
- I was trying to stay on track with my eating for a short period of time. Tops 4-5 weeks. For example- If I was going to be beach in a month and wanted to lose a little bit of weight.
- You are new to working out and eating healthy and you need to learn the macros of foods you are putting in your body and how much you can have of those foods to still hit your goals.
Just like anything else on my page I encourage you to do your research! You don’t have to count your macros to lose weight. Take a step back, analyze what foods you are putting into your body on a daily basis and make adjustments as needed. Focus on whole foods full of nutrients!