Is Counting Macros Stressing You Out? Here’s the Simple Solution.

June 26, 2015

I love the fact that I can see how people find my blog, because it gives a better idea of what kind of topics people are searching for. That helps me helps YOU, which is one of the main reasons I do blog!

If you couldn’t guess, yes, someone found my blog by searching about macros and being stressed out. Someone also found my blog by searching “breast lesser egg” but that’s a completely different scenario hahaha!

Anyway, this actually isn’t the first time I’ve seen this topic pop up in my searched for section. I’ve seen various different searched topics including “how to live life counting macros”. It seems to be pretty common in the health and fitness world.

I think there are two types of people: those who get super stressed out by counting macros, and those who get stressed out by NOT counting macros. I have to admit, I’m one of those who get stressed by not counting macros. I tend to feel lost and usually under eat when I don’t track, and probably because I’ve been doing it for so long. It’s definitely something I’m working on, and I’m taking more and more days off from tracking because I WANT to transition into intuitive eating when I’m not in competition prep. I’m just being real here, I struggle sometimes too!

Now lets talk about those who DO get stressed by tracking. A lot of people start tracking their food – inputting into my fitness pal, weighing all their food, trying to input their meals, etc. and they feel suffocated. They feel weighed down, like they can’t eat anything without planning their food first, they feel like they can’t go out to eat or enjoy themselves because they have to hit a certain number, so on and so forth.

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Trust me, I get it. The thing with tracking is it is more of a guideline – which is what I do in order to just have an idea and an estimate of around what macros I’m hitting. It’s not about being perfect, it takes some time to get used to, and it’s more about being flexible with your diet and allowing you to have other things that you may not have had before.

But guess what? There’s a solution if tracking stresses you out. Want to here it? STOP TRACKING MACROS.

Yup, that’s it. You do not have to count macros on your health and fitness journey. No one says you have to. If something is causing more harm than good, don’t do it – it’s as simple as that!

I honestly believe tracking macros is a great stepping stone, one way or another. If you want to lose weight, it’s smart to track for about a week or so just so you know what you’re currently eating, what you have to change, and maybe what smaller portion sizes look like to give you a better idea. If you want to gain muscle, same exact thing, but will show you what you’re eating in order to increase calories and portions.

Tracking macros does not have to be done the rest of your life. It’s a wonderful tool, but it’s not the be all, end all way to stay healthy.

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A healthy lifestyle should improve your life. It should make you feel good on the inside and out – it should NOT consume your life, stress you out, and keep you from living.

Mental health is just as important in your health and fitness journey. If something is causing distress to your mental health, stop. Re-asses. Do what is best for you.



Can anyone relate?


    1. Love this. I’ve never tried specifically counting my macros but I’ve tried to get a better sense of where my calories are coming from. (Not surprisingly, CARBS, haha) But I think the idea of it is really interesting and I could see how it could be really useful. I totally agree though, you have to find something that works for YOU, otherwise it’ll be impossible to stick with it!

    1. a diet or healthy lifestyle should never stress you out. I love what you said there and this is such a great post. Your health should improve your quality of life, not take from it.

    1. Like always, awesome post brittany! How would you recommend going off counting macros because like you. I feel as though if I don’t calorie count or track macros I tend to underway naturally but at the same time I feel like if I’m tracking and don’t eat enough I end up stuffing myself with more food even when I’m full to meet macros which is unhealthy too

      1. Completely relate. I’m still working on it, but I’m taking a couple days off counting macros throughout the week. It’s all about practice really. I’m just trying to listen to my body, my hunger cues, and stopping when I’m satisfied. I also read intuitive eating and I recommend it!

    1. OMG I’ve been looking for a female competitor to finally shine the light on not going over board on tracking macros. I count macros myself and it has been stressful, I feel claustrophobic and obsessive. I agree to everything brought up! I’m working on trying to recover and live my life not being so anxious and scared yet still handle my macros but stop punishing myself for nothing. So far all the conversations with bodybuilding youtubers are about macros and although I love the idea I feel like even when people are mentally healthy using and counting them, it ends up being overly stressed and creates a misunderstanding in eyes of the viewer. Truly inspiring thanks for the read keep it up!! 🙂

      1. Thanks so much! I love counting macros and think it is an amazing tool, but it doesn’t need to be done your entire life!

    1. Ah! I follow you on Instagram/YouTube and just found your blog. I LOVE it! 🙂 & I agree. Counting will work for some and not for others. It’s definitely possible to reach your goals without doing it forever. I know for me it keeps me organized, because like you said, I definitely do not eat enough food without paying attention to it, especially when I’m trying to gain mass. I think with everything, macro counting has to come with realistic expectations and balance. I would LOVE to do intuitive eating but am a little apprehensive.

      1. Thanks so much, Hannah!! 🙂 You should try intuitive eating!! I’m starting by taking a couple days off counting macros a week

    1. Love your simple solution– just STOP. I agree, sometimes tracking macros gives people horrible anxiety and does not allow them to go out and enjoy life. However sometimes it gives people more freedom and flexibility to enjoy foods they normally wouldn’t and not be afraid. Either way, it should be maintained in a healthy matter and should contribute to your health and happiness, not take away from it! Love the message Brittany :).

    1. I know this is old haha but I’ve been following you on Instagram and YouTube forever and I didn’t know you had a blog!! I’ve been tracking macros for about 4 months now (I’ve done it before in the past but stopped due to eating disorders) and I’m afraid I’m going down that route again. It becomes almost a game for me, where at the end of the day I’ve won something if I stayed within my macros and hit them all. But if I don’t, I feel guilt and shame and end up binging because well I’ve already messed up. I’ve seen this time around, improvements in my body composition, fat loss and muscle gains, which I am extremely happy about, but macro counting just cases so much anxiety I can’t even go out with friends anymore … which I know is a problem. The thought of not counting macros though terrifies me, because I’m scared I will overeat, eat too many carbs, maybe even under eat. I really just wish I could find a healthy balance !

      1. Just like anything, it takes practice. If counting makes you crazy, definitely try eating intuitively! It’ll take some time to get used to, but I promise it’ll get easier. <3

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