One of the best features about wordpress is that you can see search terms that lead people to your blog. I always look at these because some of them are hilarious, but most of all, they give me and idea of what topics people may be searching for. As I was looking at them the other day, one really stood out to me – “How to Count Macros Without Being Obsessive”. I thought it would be a great topic to write/do a video about, because I’m sure many people struggle with this.
I know that counting macros can either go one of two ways for people – it can either make people crazy and feel obsessive, or it can tremendously help them get over the clean eating obsession. Thankfully for me, it has helped me improve my relationship with food. I will now eat things I may not have eaten before, and just track them in my daily macro allotment. Tracking is super easy to me, and has become second nature. Will I do it forever? Hell no. But for now, it’s not harming me, and since I am reverse dieting, it is helping me a lot.
On the other hand, I know it’s not for everyone. As much as someone can try to argue with that, it’s just not. Just like 100% “clean eating” is not for everyone. Just like vegan is not for everyone. Just like paleo is not for everyone. So on, and so forth.
So while some people may do better off with not coating macros AT ALL and simply following whatever makes them feel the best physically and mentally, or following intuitive eating, some people can certainly follow macros.
But how do you do that without being obsessive? You CAN, you just have to change your mindset about it.
- Think of macros as a guideline. Don’t freak out if you go one or a few grams over your allotment. The goal is to get consistently close to your macros. You don’t have to zero them out every single day.
- You don’t have to weigh every single little thing if you aren’t in contest prep. If you are throwing some spinach in your eggs, eyeball it. Estimate it. You really do not have to weigh out 2 grams of spinach or things like mustard or gum. It won’t kill you, I promise.
- Learn to trust your judgment. Once you get the hang of weighing/measuring/counting macros, you really need to trust yourself to know what certain things look like. You will learn what certain things look like.
- You need to be FLEXIBLE. This is the most important tip. Tracking macros is really all about having a flexible mindset and a flexible diet – that’s the whole point! You can have a meal out and estimate the macros. You can have a meal that doesn’t fit your macros sometimes. That’s life! Eat according to your goals, but for your mental sanity as well.
- You can have days where you give yourself a break. If you feel yourself getting stressed or overwhelmed, take a step back. Stop tracking. You will not gain 14801394 pounds. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and that’s one of the main points of flexible dieting. And lets be real, days like your birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. Eat some freakin’ pie and screw macros. Life is short 😉
What are your thoughts?
If you have tracked, has it helped you or hurt you?