Let’s be honest with ourselves for like 2 seconds. We are all OCD about something. Yes. Even you.
From our coffee to our hair, to our clothes, to how we organize our day. Every single one of us do this in some way or another. Here’s what cracks me up… We’re all OCD over so many things and for the most part the one area we ARE NOT OCD is when it comes to what we put in our mouth. We track so much of our lives, but when it comes to what we eat, for some reason lots of people take the “ignorance is bliss” motto to heart. SORRY TO TELL YOU… But in regard to what you eat… IGNORANCE MAKES YOU FAT!
So lets say you finally decide to start tracking what you eat, you will probably go straight to counting calories-DONT DO IT! Allow me to introduce you to the wonderful world of tracking macronutrients.
Basically there are 3 main macronutrients, Protein, Fat, & Carbohydrates. Here’s a quick list for an incredibly basic point of reference for what kinds of foods fit into these categories.
Protein-Chicken, Beef, Pork, Fish, Eggs, etc…
Carbohydrate-Bread, Pasta, Fruit, Vegetables…
Fat-Nuts, Seeds, Oils, Avocado…
Here is the bottom line of why I passionately believe tracking macronutrients slaps tracking calories in the face!!!
Tracking macronutrients focuses on supplying your body with correct levels of nutrients and ensures you are getting enough of each while meeting your goals. Tracking calories only takes into account how many calories you take in and has no guidelines for ensuring you are getting the proper nutrients, just certain calories.
Here is why this sucks.
The person that is trying to stay under a certain number of calories totally disregards for the most part the quality or source of their foods, they only end up caring if they will end up under the dreaded 1800 calorie mark. So they stuff themselves with “100 calorie packs” of this and that… Eat low-fat everything (which is FREAKING TERRIBLE, post coming on this soon!). They end up eating tons of garbage processed carbohydrates to satiate themselves into thinking they are full and satisfied. When in reality their body is starving for more nutrients!
Tracking macronutrients on the other hand shifts focus from how many calories something has to what nutrients is this providing me with? With this focus you end up killing two birds with one stone. You will actually meet your caloric goal AND at the very same time you are supplying your body with everything it needs in regards to macronutrients.
All this to say, if you are counting calories STOP IT! Change your focus! You will be much healthier in the long run all while still meeting your goals!
If you would like to know more on how to count your macronutrients OR how many macros of each you as an induvidual need, you can email me for a consultation! I will get you all set up and teach you everything you need to know!
Email me Cody@audacityathletics.com