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.
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.
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?