Start Tracking Macros
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You’ve read through the What is Macro Tracking? post, you’ve got your numbers, you’ve set up My Fitness Pal so now what? Now we get to the fun part of actually starting to track your macros! Believe me, it all sounds so confusing right now but in no time you will be an expert. So please go easy on yourself and give yourself a little love and grace. You are about to begin something that will change your life, change the way you see yourself and change the way you feel about food. You will make LOTS of mistakes along the way and that is ok! We are all about progress NOT perfection here!
The first thing you need to do is to buy a food scale. You will be weighing pretty much all of your food and you are going to need a scale that can weigh in grams. I have this scale from Amazon and it works perfect for what i need it to do. I can weigh in grams and ounces. The reason you want to weigh in grams is because it is the lowest and most accurate form of measurement for food. You will need to have a scale with a tare button on it. The tare button is used to zero the scale out between measurements. You’ll put your plate/bowl on the scale and then push tare. That way you are starting at zero with your food. Then you can load up your plate and just push the tare button in between types of food so you are getting an accurate measurement of everything you eat. It makes it so much easier!
Here is a video of me measuring out some food to help you get the idea 🙂
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When I started my health and fitness journey I started by counting calories. I didn’t know about macros yet and counting calories had worked for me in the past. After all, weight loss is ALL about calories in vs. calories out. If you are consuming more calories than you are burning in a day, you WILL gain weight. If you are consuming less calories than you are burning in a day, you WILL lose weight. It might be slow, but trust the process. Changes are happening. And to be honest, you might not see a lot of change on the scale. In fact, if you can’t emotionally handle what the number on the scale is, THROW YOUR SCALE AWAY! I have seen progress picture after progress picture of people who have not dropped an ounce but look completely different. THAT is the magic of macro counting!
So why count macros and not just count calories? The #1 reason you want to track macros and not just calories is because you want to lose fat and not muscle. If you count calories only, chances are you are not getting enough protein and/or nutritious foods. You could easily all Twinkies and stay under your calories, but your definitely not going to see your body change as you will if you’re fueling it properly. If you are not getting enough protein in your diet and are eating in a calorie deficit, you’re not only losing fat, but you’re also losing muscle. We want to preserve every bit of that precious muscle that we have. Did you know that the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn? True story!
I know that this is all super overwhelming right now. Trust me, I get it! I counted calories for 4 months. In the 3rd month I heard about macros but didn’t feel like I knew where to start or was ready yet, so I spent a month researching all that I could so I could start when I felt like I knew what I was doing.
I am going to lay out a plan for you to get started on your macro journey. Follow through each week and do these challenges and you will be on your way to a healthier, happier you! With these challenges, I will help make your life a lot simpler than trying to jump in with both feet right from the get go, then getting frustrated because it’s too confusing and giving up. Sign up for my email on the right side of the screen and I will send you the weekly challenges to help you get started on the right path! ————————->
You got this!