What is Macro Tracking?

What is Macro Tracking and Why you Should be Doing It

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You’re probably wondering what the heck macro tracking is and why you keep hearing about it everywhere right? You may have also heard the terms iifym or flexible dieting as well.  They all refer to the same lifestyle and way of eating. IIFYM stands for “if it fits your macros”. The concept of iifym is that you can eat anything you want as long as “it fits your macros.” (Yep, even donuts!)

Basically iifym or tracking macros is a way of counting calories by eating a certain amount of protein, carbs and fat.

“Macros” is short for macronutrients.

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Create a Workout Schedule That Works For You!

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It is SO important to write a workout schedule for yourself.  If you just plan to go wing it everyday, chances are you won’t see the results you want  If you don’t have a set plan, it’ll be easier to talk yourself out of going and pushing yourself and it will be hard to track your progress.  I downloaded an app called Strong a few weeks ago and have been tracking my progress in the gym and I swear, I have been SO sore lately! I am also seeing a new level of progress that I haven’t seen before. With the app I am able to track my lifts, how many sets I do and how much weight I use. It’s really challenging me to beat my progress from the previous week. I am really pushing myself to a new level I am loving it!

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Macro Friendly Food Review- Halo Top vs. Dreyers Slow Churned

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There are a lot flexible dieters out there that swear by Halo Top Ice Cream.  Let me back up…. there are a lot of flexible dieters out there that swear by Arctic Zero Ice Cream but I have had that and it in no way tastes like ice cream but is more comparable to air.  It is expensive and I wouldn’t recommend it.  So for this post I am just comparing to Halo Top.  And don’t get me wrong, Halo Top is good!  It has the taste and consistency of normal ice cream with great macros but being a frugal person, I can’t always justify the cost.  So I went on the hunt to find an ice cream with comparable macros but for a better price.  Little did I know, I was already buying that very ice cream.  I have been buying Dreyers Slow Churned for a long time and it’s actually my ice cream of choice because MACROS!  So I decided to put the two to the test.

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50 High Fiber Foods

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If I am being completely honest, fiber is the hardest macro for me to hit.  Women need around 25 grams of fiber a day and men should have around 35-40 grams a day.  For some reason that is just tough for me!  For one reason, I am allergic to a lot of fruit so I can’t use that to help me.  However, I recently I found out that Quest Bars have around 15g of fiber per bar so I have been eating one of those every day and am able to hit my fiber.  So if you’re anything like me, you need a little help in this area!

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25 High Fat Food Ideas

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Fats are probably the most fun to eat…well at least when they’re combined with carbs!  Give me all the cookies, brownies, cakes and donuts! Dessert is my major weakness so for me, I have to make sure I save enough of my fat and carb macros so I can have a dessert at the end of the day.  So that usually means I eat fairly low fat throughout the day.

Fat is a very calorie dense macro.  It has 9 calories for every one gram of fat as opposed to protein and carbs which have 4 calories per gram.  So you really want to keep your fats in check.  Fat is very important and necessary so make sure you are getting the right amount, just be cautious because it’s very easy to go over.

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50 High Carb Food Ideas

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Carbs have a bad rap, it’s true.  How many people do you know that want to lose weight, or maybe you’ve done it yourself, have said “I’m just going to cut out carbs”?  Probably a lot right!  I have tried it before and so has my husband, Chris, and guess what? I didn’t last long enough to get any meaningful results but it worked for him.  He lost some weight, maybe 10lbs or so. But be honest here, is cutting out carbs something you can do long term?  Is it sustainable?  In the case of both me and my husband, we both eventually broke and all of the weight came back.  The beauty of macro tracking aka flexible dieting is that it is exactly that…FLEXIBLE!  You CAN and SHOULD have carbs. In fact you NEED them! They are your bodies main source of energy and if you want to see progress in the gym you need energy! Carbs also fuel your brain so if you don’t want to walk around feeling like your head is in a cloud, eat your carbs!  In fact, this is me, giving you permission to eat carbs!

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50 High Protein Food Ideas

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For the majority of people, protein is the hardest macro to get enough of.  People generally fill up their meals with lots of carbs and fats but fall short when it comes to protein.  I know, I know… the thought of eating 100+ grams of protein a day seems impossible. But if you find foods that you like and know where to supplement those foods in, instead of reaching for a handful of pretzels or peanuts, you’ll be hitting your protein in no time! All of my meals and most of my snacks include protein, so find some things you like, and work them in at every meal and some of your snacks.  You’ll get the hang of it. I promise!  In fact, I don’t even have to try to hit my protein anymore.  It is second nature to me now.

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My Macro Story

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Hi!  I am so happy you stopped by!  My name is Amanda Abel and I am a mom of 2 beautiful girls and wife to 1 amazing husband!  I have always been “into” health and fitness and have tried every diet under the sun and NOTHING. EVER. WORKED!  I tried the no sugar diet.  That lasted a week and I felt awful! I tried the low carb diet.  That lasted about 2 weeks until I binged on gummy bears and decided I couldn’t live like that.  I tried the clean eating diet.  That lasted a little longer but I never saw results. Mainly because I was super diligent Monday-Thursday, then Friday, Saturday and Sunday I would have a free for all, eating whatever I wanted and undoing all of my progress from the week if not more.  I was always taking one step forward and 2 steps back. I trained for and ran 6 half marathons and one Ragnar, eating whatever I wanted and thought that amount of exercise alone would be enough.  I actually gained weight!

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