Quick Tips For Counting Your Macros

Looking to improve your body composition? Want to build muscle? Or, perhaps you simply want to take your health and fitness up a notch. Whatever the case may be, one thing that you must be doing in order to see best results is making sure that your macros line up.

What are macros and how do you go about counting them? Let’s give you a quick overview and a few tips to get started successfully.

What Are Macros?

First let’s address what macros are. Macros refers to the main energy providing nutrients your food is made up of. These include proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Why Count Your Macros For Fat loss?

When it comes to fat loss, each macro is going to play a different role. Lean protein, such as that which you can find in Stacked Protein, is going to help preserve your muscle tissue while in a calorie deficit, the right amount of carbohydrates will ensure that you have the energy necessary to get through your workout sessions, and dietary fats will help keep your hormones in a healthy optimized state and also help curb hunger.

This said, because fats are so energy dense, if you don’t track them, they can add up quickly and reduce the results you see. Likewise, take in too many carbohydrates and you won’t be giving your body a reason to turn to fat as a fuel source, so this is no good either.

By tracking your macros, you ensure you get the perfect amount of each while still sustaining fat burning.

How Does Carb Cycling Work?

Carb cycling is another diet approach you may have heard about and has to do with how you structure your macros. In this diet set-up, you’ll include some higher carb days along with some lower carb days, usually added on rest days. This maximizes your use of fat as fuel without sacrificing energy for workouts.

How To Track Macros

To Track your macros, you’ll need to figure out what’s in each food you eat. You can use this using any food database such as MyFitnessPal.com or CalorieKing.com. From there, journal these numbers or use an application like MyFitnessPal.com to log them.

Then at the end of the day, you can see where you stand.

Tips For Using MyFitnessPal

Using MyFitnessPal can seem time consuming in the beginning but it really doesn’t have to be hard.

To make things easy, try and track your food as soon as you eat it. This prevents the chance that you forget what you eat and don’t track accurately.

Second, remember that you can copy and paste meals from one day to the next. If you eat the same thing for breakfast most mornings, this can really save you time.

Finally, be sure that you are going over your results on a weekly basis. How did your week stack up? If you aren’t seeing the results you want, remember that you’ll want to adjust your macros accordingly then. This is what will help ensure that you see the most optimal results.

So make sure that you don’t overlook the importance of tracking macros. It’s one of the top must-do’s if you want to see success regardless of what your goal happens to be.

-Shannon Clark

Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science, is a certified personal trainer, and has been working in the fitness and nutrition field for the last 15 years. She's written for countless online websites and print magazines including Oxygen Magazine, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Bodybuilding.com and T-Nation.com. When she's not in the gym, she loves trying out new healthy recipes (and desserts!) in the kitchen as well as reading up on the latest trends in the fitness industry.




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