MACRO TRACKING AND MY FITNESS PAL
WHAT ARE MACROS?
The word “macro” is short for macronutrient. Macros consist of:
Macronutrients are important because they’re the basic building blocks of our food. They’re the nutrients our body needs in large quantities. This is our fuel! But to fuel our body the best way possible, we need to consume our macros in the correct proportions.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED?
The best place to start with macros is by consuming 50% carbs, 20% protein and 30% fat on a daily basis. You may need to slightly adjust these ratios based on your specific needs and goals, but this breakdown is a great starting point, especially if you are new to tracking your macros.
HOW DO I TRACK MY MACROS?
There are many free apps that will help you track your macros. We use and recommend MyFitnessPal. It’s simple to use and makes tracking your food easy and straightforward. Simply add your food in every day and you’ll receive a breakdown of your macronutrients AND your main micronutrients. This is a helpful tool to stay on track with your goals and start making real progress. Note: there is a paid version of MyFitnessPal but you don’t need to upgrade unless you want to...the free version will track your macros just fine. See the video in this section for step-by-step instructions on how to use MyFitnessPal and set-up your macronutrient goals.
CORRECT MACRO RATIOS WILL HELP YOU LOSE MORE FAT
Counting calories and “eating clean” are not the most effective strategies for losing fat. You need to eat your macros in the correct ratios if you want to really crush your goals. But this strategy goes beyond losing fat; it will help you overcome those dreaded plateaus while correctly fueling your body.
The obvious problem we face when we don’t track our macros is that we’re over-consuming some (usually carbs) and under-consuming others (usually healthy fats). When we don’t fuel our bodies correctly, we end up compensating for the imbalance by storing the excess, which, of course, is turned to fat.
Word to the wise: eating fat doesn’t make you fat! Your body NEEDS dietary fat, and when it doesn’t get enough, it doesn’t function the way it was designed. Be sure to hit your fat goals, along with your carb and protein goals, and you’ll start seeing progress instead of plateaus.
ESTABLISHING YOUR PERSONAL MACRO GOALS AND MY FITNESS PAL INSTRUCTIONS
If you are new to my programs and are not sure how to set your goals or log your food on MyFitnessPal, please watch this video!