What exactly is this “macro” counting, you see all of the body builders and bikini chicks doing? You’re probably thinking, “what the hell is a macro”? Honestly, don’t be embarrassed, I was there too, and I have been in the fitness industry for a long time and had never heard of such a plan.
What are Macros?
Macros are simply macronutrients. They are your fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. All foods can fit into one of these three categories.
What is Macro Counting?
Macro counting is so much more than counting simple calories. It is being in an energy balance to use food for fuel. It gives you the ability to eat more food without putting on extra fat. By tracking and counting your macros, you can still enjoy your favorite foods while still losing weight. It’s the least restrictive “diet” I’ve ever encountered, and less restrictive means you’re more likely to stick to it and see results. I love teaching my FASTer Way to Fat Loss clients how to utilize free foods vs logging all calories.
When you are in an energy balance you are eating the proper amount of carbs, fats, and proteins versus counting calories. When counting calories, you aren’t in an energy balance. You could be over eating fats and under eating carbs and proteins which can leave you exhausted and depleted. This is when most people find that they’re holding onto fat in their midsection, thighs, and bra area. In the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, I work one on one with my client to create custom macros plans. However, you can get started on your own by following these simple steps.
How to Calculate your Macros
- Understand what your goal is. Do you want more energy? Do you want to burn fat? Are you trying to build muscle? Do you just want to maintain?
- Your percentages are based on your goals.
Build Muscle> 40-60% carbs | 25-35% Protein | 15-20% fats
Maintain/lose fat – 30-50% carbs | 25-35% Protein | 25 – 35% fats
- You will download my fitness pal, enter you goals, and set up these percentages to get your grams.
- Once you know your grams, you will be able to eat that specific amount of grams per meal.
So let’s say I had a goal to eat 2,000 calories per day and I needed 25% of those calories to come from protein. I would multiply 2,000 by .25 to get 500 calories. I would continue to do this for fat and carbs.
This can all seems very overwhelming which is why I love the FASTer Way to Fat Loss. I can help you customize your macros through our program and take all of the hard work out it for you.
Macros are the best way to be able to eat the foods you love and stop feeling like you are on a diet.
If you want more information about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, macro counting, and burning fat, join my free Facebook group, Wellness and Weight Loss. I’m constantly sharing tips and tricks for enjoying my favorite foods while still keeping my body in fat burning mode. Or, you can follow me on Instagram to see real results from my clients and get a sneak peek into what I’m eating and how I’m tracking my macros on a daily basis.
If you’ve struggled to lose weight because of crazy restrictive diets, I highly recommend you give macro counting a shot. I’d love to help you stop the yo-yo dieting and start seeing results!