WHAT THE HECK ARE MACROS?
Are you feeling stuck?
Are you struggling with knowing what to eat?
Are you eating foods that are causing constant digestive discomfort?
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Have you ever tracked macros?
First, what are macros?
“Macros” is short for macronutrients, which are the nutrients that provide our bodies with energy (aka calories). Calories are what all food is made up of, & macronutrients are the three main building blocks of calories. The three types of macronutrients are: protein, fats, & carbs (well, technically four if you count alcohol). While calories are just the generalized amount of energy you consume, each macronutrient plays a very different & specific role within your body. So, when you count your macros, you count the grams of protein, carbs & fat that you consume each given day. Each macro contains a set number of calories, and you would calculate your total macros based on your caloric intake.
Your weight is dictated by how many calories you’re taking in & expending. If you burn more calories than you eat, you will eventually
lose weight (caloric deficit). If you burn fewer calories than you eat, you will eventually gain weight (caloric surplus). If you eat about the same amount of calories you burn, you will maintain weight.
For all of my clients who wish to improve their health & fitness (which is 100% of them), I typically recommend at least tracking macros every 3-4 months, for a minimum of 2 weeks. This is simply to help you understand where your calories are coming from & how calories affect your body. It can be very eye opening when you discover how much you are under or over eating on a daily basis. You’ll also learn that not all food is created equal. Understanding how much your body needs to consume in order to thrive is SO important if you want to reach your goals & feel good while doing so! Your goals also might change. For example, you might be eating at a caloric deficit for a few months to shed some fat before Summer. Once you reach your goal weight, you shouldn’t continue to eat at a deficit. Instead, you should eat to maintain your body composition. Your macros would need to be adjusted & tracking them would ensure that you are doing it correctly.”
I was so against tracking macros. I thought if I just trained hard and ate clean I would get the results I want looking for. (Six pack abs)
Then I finally broke, after 15 years of trying to do it my way, and started tracking.
A few things tracking macros has taught me:
1.) I wasn’t eating enough food! I could eat wayyyy more food than I thought! In fact it was crucial to give my body the fuel for the amount of exercise I was doing.
2.) Balancing meals
3.) Why eating Whole Foods are so important to managing your appetite
I don’t recommend tracking macros for a lifetime. I think it’s a tool that you use to learn how to eat then to do it intuitively after you learn.
I only track when I have a very specific goal, when I am in maintenance mode I’ve learned enough about how to eat that I know what to eat without having to track.
One thing I’ve been loving doing for people is making meal plans for them!
Meal plans that are GUARANTEED to get them the results they are looking for.
In my meal plans I remove all gluten, refined and processes sugars, and 90% of processed foods.
I focus on proper food combining, and I get people eating more Whole Foods which is what truly satiates and keeps your appetite balanced throughout the day.
Are you interested in getting a meal plan?
Email me at Rebecca@chemicalfreebody.com if you are interested!
I’d love to help!
~Coach Rebecca Wolf