Top 3 Myths About Macros for Weight Loss - Fact Checked by a Nutritionist
It's time to finally debunk the Top 3 Myths About Macros for Weight Loss...
Macros - we've all heard of them, googled about them, counted them, and probably cussed them. It can be overwhelming when you have so much information coming at you - especially when it comes to weight loss.
When something is a hot topic and a trending hashtag of course we get #FOMO and want to know what all the fuss is about. Athletes have been counting macros for decades to maximize their performance. However, it wasn't until recent years that macro counting has really taken off in the mainstream.
I have used this method of tracking food with hundreds of clients. Why? Because it works!
Macros are not one size fits all. Your specific needs will vary depending on your gender, goals, and metabolism. The beauty of macros is that we can make simple tweaks along the way and yield incredible results.
So why don't more people just count macros and crush their goals?
Well, there are some lies floating around giving macros a bad wrap, so let's clear them up!
Myth #1: It's complicated and time-consuming.
Counting macros can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it.
LET IT BE EASY
Protein - Carbs - Fat
Every morsel we put in our mouth has a calorie and macro value.
Licks, bites, and tastes add up!
Macros are counted in grams. Grams are what we read on our nutrition facts labels.
Each gram of protein = 4 calories
Each gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories
Each gram of fat = 9 calories
For healthy, maintainable weight loss I typically have women start with a macro ratio of 35/35/30 ratio...that's 35 grams of protein, 35 grams of carbohydrates, and 30 grams of fat. With that starting point, I can see how their body responds and easily adjust as needed.
Tracking macros is much easier than it used to be thanks to the ease and accessibility of food tracking apps. Most food tracking apps give you the option to scan foods or enter them manually to keep your intake accurate. I love Carb Manager, but My Fitness Pal is popular as well. Both have free versions you can download.
This is important! If you haven't ever tracked your food, do a little investigation on yourself for 7 days...you will most likely be surprised to see that you are overeating and/or underestimating your calories and macros.
Once you spy on yourself, adjust as needed, and watch the magic happen.
Myth #2: I have to eat the same thing every day and be perfect to see results.
Boiled chicken and steamed broccoli on repeat every day? YUCK!
Healthy food does not have to be boring! We want to create a lifestyle, not a short term fix. In fact, my clients thrive when they have a variety of flavors and textures incorporated into their nutrition. When we get bored we reach for some naughty foods for comfort and excitement. Rotating seasonal produce and seasonal flavors into your meal plan will keep boredom at bay while keeping your macros in check.
Myth #3: If it fits my macros it's ok.
This one makes me cringe every time!
I'm all about equality, but all calories ARE NOT created equal.
Simply put, a 200 calorie Pop Tart is not going to fuel your body the way that 200 calories of roasted veggies and lean protein would.
Ladies, we are not cheap, fast, or easy - so our food shouldn't be either.
Wait, easy is OK! Let me explain...
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