Counting macros: It’s like a game!
I was so excited to write this post, I just had to get the macro basics out of the way first. This is my favorite way to explain it, and people get wide-eyed trying to understand how on earth eating and tracking your food could be any kind of fun.
Here’s the way I see it: you can look at what you eat each day as a puzzle. By consuming the right (right is subjective, we’ll touch on that in a separate post) foods and the appropriate amounts, you’ll hit this magic number and you’ve won! That day you won the game. Tomorrow you play again, and you can assemble the puzzle however you so choose (based on what you’re craving, or a dinner date perhaps), and then you hit the number and win again! When you win each day consistently, you’ll achieve the goal you’ve set up your goal numbers for. For some people their daily goal macros are geared toward losing weight, some are to increase muscle mass, there’s a wide spectrum.
We haven’t even got to the best part, get this: after winning everyday for a while (say a few weeks), you slowly increase those daily goal numbers. Your body will respond the same way before the increase because the change is so subtle, but now you’re eating more food which in turns gives you more ways to build your puzzle! You can continue this process over a period of time, until essentially you’re eating all the food and reaching alllll the goals.
Okay, you’re thinking it sounds too good to be true. It’s not! It’s a mindset. Tracking your food is tedious and takes effort, that’s a fact. But really, achieving any sort of goal does. It can take time to learn how to win everyday; my best suggestion is to track your food the night before. Calculate what you plan on eating before you actually it, that way you’re pretty darn sure you’ll win before the day even started. This also helps avoid the awkward situation of being in the kitchen at 8pm when you haven’t eaten dinner yet, and have nothing but 4g of fat left for the day. Been there, that’s a rough one.
I’d love to hear your thoughts or questions on this, you can post them below. More tips, tricks and some of my favorite macro-friendly recipes to come. Happy tracking!
P.S. If you need a little background on what macros are, check out my previous post “What the hell are macros?”