What Are Macros And Why Do I Track Them?
Did you know that when you eat according to a healthy meal prep menu that you can eat so much more food than a normal diet?
Healthier foods are lower in calories and higher in vitamins. But I’m sure you want to exactly how much right?
I’m sure you’ve seen some amazing food born pictures on Facebook and Instagram and in the description some information about macros. Most people that are not into health and fitness have no idea what that word means. I went live on Facebook today to explain what are macros and why they are important if you are trying to lose weight. You can watch the full video here now:
What Are Macros?
Macros. What does that mean? If you are a beginner to healthy meal prep that term is like speaking a foreign language, so let me break it down for you. Macro is a shortened word for macro-nutrient. They are the large nutrients your body needs to function optimally; carbs, fats, and proteins.
When someone says, “I’ve hit my macros” that means they have eaten the right amount of carbs, fats, and proteins for the day. You can figure out what macros you need to eat daily by using this macro calculator.
Tracking macros have you logging every single item you eat.
I dare you to log item you eat and drink today. Grab a free app like My Fitness Pal and give it a try. Before I found an easier way I was the macro counter. I used My Fitness Pal and logged everything. 4 almonds got added to my food list before it got added to my mouth. It was great for holding me accountable for what I ate, but it was tiresome, tedious, and most of all, it takes up way too much of your damn time!
Unless you are training for a physique competition this process isn’t worth the effort. If you are a working mom like me I’m sure you don’t either.
I found an easier way to track macros that don’t involve calculators or a ton of time. It’s using portion control. I use color-coated containers and I only track the number of the containers I eat each day for the calorie-bracket I am in. The calorie-bracket is determined by the goal I have. If I want to lose weight I need to eat fewer calories than I burn. So I am in a lower bracket and I eat fewer containers. If I am on maintenance and at my goal weight I eat more. It’s simple, time-efficient and anyone can do it. There is even an app that allows you to track your containers right from your smartphone!
I will be teaching the participants in my upcoming VIP group exactly how to follow this portion control plan to track their macros. Participants in my VIP program that have stayed accountable with this system and the workouts have seen weight loss results of 10-20 lbs. in just 3 weeks!
So now you understand what macros are and how to track them. If you are doing healthy meal prep they are important, but it doesn’t have to be so tedious. Find what works for you and stick with it.