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).
If you haven’t already figured out your macros, go back to the Beginner Video (log in to your account on the Own Your Eating website to be able to view the video) and Jason will walk you through how to do it.
The chances are that at some point in your life, you’ve tried to cut out carbs. Carbs have gotten this evil reputation and for some reason when we think of losing weight, we associate that with eating less carbohydrates. But just like you tried to ignore your younger sibling at high school, giving carbs the shake is nearly impossible!