Let’s talk macros! Counting macros is something that I am new to but I have learned a lot in a short time. Tracking my macros has been an absolute game changer for me and has helped tremendously in my journey with eating. Counting my macros allows me the freedom to have fun foods while ensuring that I am staying within my macros that I need in a day.
What are Macros?
Macros are the combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fats consumed each day. You get the most amount of energy from these three categories, and whether you have goals to put on weight/muscle or cut, counting macros is highly beneficial to help you get there.
Why Track Macros?
Personally speaking, I love tracking macros because I am not depriving myself of any food. If I want to eat ice cream, I am able to do so but making sure that I am still staying within my macros. However, that’s not to say that I am eating ice cream and other fun foods everyday – it’s just when I have a sweet-tooth craving. A benefit to counting macros is it makes you aware of the amount of calories you’re consuming from certain foods and how it affects your body. For example, before I started tracking, I would literally eat spoonful after spoonful of peanut butter – I knew that there was a lot of fat in peanut butter but I didn’t think much about it when eating it – it was just so delicious that I kept on going! When I track peanut butter now, I have a far better understanding of the amount of calories and fat I am taking in because I have an actual visual of the amount of peanut butter I will be eating since I weigh my food. Counting your macros opens your eyes to how much of a particular food you’re consuming.
I consider macro counting a really flexible way of “dieting.” Unlike other diet fads out there, you’re really not depriving yourself of any food. You can truly have just about anything ~ as long as you’re staying within your macros. However, I want to emphasize that it doesn’t mean you should cheat the system and eat a bunch of junk food, but every now and then it’s healthy to treat yourself to a cookie, ice cream, chocolate, or whatever your sweet-tooth craving is! What you’re putting into your body matters; make sure you’re eating the rainbow – veggies, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein.
How Many Macros Should You Eat?
This is all dependent upon your height, weight, gender, age, and activity level. There is no one fixed number for everyone. To figure out how many calories and what your macros should be at, there are tons of macro calculators out on the Web. I recommend trying a couple different calculations for your macros on multiple different cites to make sure the results you’re getting are accurate. Before calculating, I recommend that you have a goal in mind – Are you trying to lose weight? Are you trying to build muscle? Do you want to maintain your current weight? Do you simply want to track to learn more about your body/what it likes & dislikes? Then when you calculate, you know what your results are based off of and what you’re working towards.
The macro calculators I recommend using are:
- Katy Hearn’s Macro Calculator: You can access it with this link -> https://www.katyhearnfit.com/macro-calculator
- Paige Hathaway’s Macro Calculator: You can access it with this link -> https://paigehathaway.com/macro-calculator/
- Macro Calculator: https://www.calculator.net/macro-calculator.html
How To Keep Track of Your Macros & Calories
A really helpful tool to track your macros and calories is MyFitnessPal. It’s user friendly, it’s free, and makes it incredibly easy to track! When I first started out, I was so nervous. I felt like it would be so difficult, but I wouldn’t know how hard or easy it truly was until I started. Disclaimer: it’s incredibly simple and not as daunting as it may seem. Yay!
Meal prepping also helps to stay on track (although I don’t meal prep tehe. I cook my meals as the day goes on). If you’re someone that feels like having the meals prepared beforehand to help stay on track and feel organized, definitely give it a go! If you choose to not meal prep, be sure to track what you want to eat before you make it – check to see the amount of protein, carbs, and fats you’re getting from the meal you’re wanting to make. You can easily alter the serving size to get the amount of protein, carbs, and fats in a meal.
A key to helping you feel successful with tracking, how to track, the foods to eat, etc., do your research and just try it. If this is something you’ve never done before and you’re nervous, that’s okay. I was too. I’m a perfectionist, and I didn’t want to mess up. I overthought way too much about how I was going to attain the macros I needed. Get out of your head and do it! You’ve got this!
If you have any questions about how to do this, please reach out! I want to be a resource for you and help you.
Your Friend Elle