Calories or macros? We always say chase your macros, meaning don’t worry about anything else! Calories, sugar, fiber, sodium etc., down the road will all be other factors of your nutrition that you might want to explore, and we will talk about all of those. But for right now we only want you to focus on the big picture. That’s fueling your body with the right amount of food by hitting your macros – your protein, carbs, and fats.
When people ask about how to track when you’re eating out at seminars, Jason always hands the floor over to me. If you don’t already know, I am a full-blown foodie! It’s a blessing and a curse! I get a huge amount of enjoyment from eating delicious foods. The downside? Well, really tasty food often doesn’t come in a conveniently scannable packet! Nor does it typically come at the end of a buffet line – sorry Jay but Chipotle won’t cut it for date night! 😉
Last week we discussed how to stay motivated when progress isn’t happening…but what if you’re the reason that your progress has stalled!? (Mind blown!)
We get this a lot from clients “This just isn’t working for me! I’m logging my food, I promise I’m tracking everything but I’m just not getting any results! I think we need to change my numbers!”
Maybe you’re not much of a chef and that’s OK! You certainly don’t need to be to be able to follow our program and track your macros. But doing a little bit of food prep now and again can save you a HUGE amount of time in the long-run and save you from a macro-meltdown when you’re having a crappy day!
We get asked this all the time, “Do I really need to weigh and measure my food?”
The answer is YES! Like anything in this world, the more precise you are, the more accurate you are and so it follows, the better the results. Of course there needs to be a balance, we don’t want you to drive yourself crazy or be that guy at the restaurant with your scale on the table – although Jason has been known to be that guy! But when you have access to a kitchen we recommend you weigh and measure your food to improve the results you’ll get from tracking macros.
Gone are the challenging days of filling in spreadsheets or even more tedious, committing pen to paper to keep track of what you’re eating. The age of “there’s an app for that” has brought with it countless ways in which you can track your fitness and food and along with it SO much more freedom in the foods you can enjoy.
Even with the freedom the Own Your Eating lifestyle brings, sometimes, when you’re standing in front of the fridge with the door wide open at 10 o’ clock at night trying to find something to hit those last 20g of protein, it can be hard to remember why tracking your macros is worth the extra energy.
If you have googled “healthy balanced diet” or any other similar term, most likely you have seen the ratios of 40/30/30 pop up. What that’s referring to is your ratio of macro-nutrients; 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat.
We discuss goal weight and activity level when we take you through the formula (at about 8:30) in our Beginner Video (don’t forget to log in to your account on the Own Your Eating website to be able to view the video).