Tracking macros and counting calories are incredibly useful skills to have. No matter what your goals are, being able to track macros is a great way to help you stay on track.
But there is a very fine line between knowing how to track macros of a meal, and NEEDING to track macros of every meal.
I post fast food & restaurant nutrition guides fairly often. Every time I do, I get blowback from some people that say something along the lines of “who cares about the calories, just enjoy the food”
The thing is, some people DO care about the calories. And you are allowed to care- there is absolutely nothing wrong with ordering fast food and wanting to track the calories & macros of that meal.
But it does become an issue when we put our lives on hold in order to be able to track those macros.
If you can’t enjoy a family party because you’re too preoccupied with the fact that you have no idea what is in the food, it becomes an issue. Or if you’re asked out on a date and decline because the restaurant doesn’t have nutritional information available, that’s an issue.
Needing to know the macros in every single meal damages our relationship with food. It’s one thing to be educated, but it’s another thing to be totally consumed.
Counting calories, tracking macros, weighing food… they’re all tools to help you stay on track, but they’re not meant to be a full-time job. We need to be able to take a break.
The tools I give you are to help you learn how to track calories & macros, not force you to do so.
I want to help you get to a point where you can eat what you want, when you want, and be happy with your decisions. That is always the goal.
You’re allowed to track your macros. But remember that you don’t HAVE TO track your macros. That’s the beauty of this whole food thing- there are no rules.