How To Get Started Tracking Macros

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If you’re new to tracking macros, I’m here to help!

First off- what the heck does it mean? When you track macros (macronutrients), you’re simply tracking how much fat, protein, and carbs you are eating. These are the “big 3” that contain calories. Every time you eat 1 gram of protein, you’re consuming 4 calories, for example (see number 6 above)

Once you determine how much of each macronutrient you want to eat, it adds up to a certain amount of calories. So you can look at tracking macros as a more advanced way of counting your calories.

If you want to start tracking your macros, you need to first figure out how many calories you want to be eating overall. Go back a few posts on my page for a post on figuring out your calories! Once you get that number, you break it up into your macros. The exact way you choose to break it up is dependent on your preferences on your goals, but use the above to help guide you! Obviously if you are doing something like keto, the “rules” will be slightly different, but this is for the general population.

To actually track, it’s a good idea to download an app like MyFitnessPal. While I would advise you to completely ignore their calorie recommendations and exercise portions (they’re total garbage) apps like this allow you to input your food to figure out the exact macros and track your intake.

The most important thing I want you to understand is that tracking macros is a TOOL. Much like intermittent fasting is a tool to help you lose weight: you don’t have to do it, and you absolutely shouldn’t use it forever. The eventual goal should be to get to a point where you don’t need to use it any longer.

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