Tracking Your Macros
Let’s get into the bulk of your diet and talk Macronutrients. Macros are made up of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. This is what makes up your daily caloric intake and provides you with energy not only to tackle your workouts, but also to fuel your basic daily functional needs. Tracking your macros is an effective way to make sure you are staying on track to achieve your nutrition goals.
To build an appropriate diet, we need to find out what your macronutrient needs are. Body type, activity level, age, and your goals will all help shape how many of each macro you need. Different people need different amounts of each macro to help either build muscle and mass, or reduce overall body weight. Working with your nutrition coach will help dial in these numbers to a tight range you want to achieve each and every day. The My Fitness Pal App is perfect for entering your daily intake. Here are a few tips now that you have your macro count and a place to track them;
*Be honest! Track everything even if its just a few bites off your kids plate or a quick snack you didn’t plan on having.
*Don’t guess. Measure your food. Portion sizes are tough to judge just based on looks, and this can lead to a massively inaccurate count. A digital scale is the best way to measure your food. They are just $20 at Target!
*Track your food throughout the day. Its easy to wait until 9pm before entering your meals. Its too late now when you realize you over ate or under ate all day.
*Share your macro count with your coach. Giving feedback can help expedite the learning process to figure out YOUR best macro count.
Move well. Eat well. Be Well.
Dane Schneider, Pn1