Oh macro counting, my arch nemesis!

Sorry guys, had to get it right out there. This being said I still want to bring you through what macro counting is, give you a little background and allow you to decide for yourself the best path to take. Here at BL I don’t promote macro counting, rather whole foods and balanced {sane} choices that will allow you to achieve your goals whatever they may be. But lets get right to it and explain the ins and outs of macro counting.

What is Macro Counting?

Macro counting is essentially counting the caloric content of your food, primarily carbs, fats & protein so you can gauge how much of each you have had throughout the day allowing you to “stay on track” to reaching your muscle building / weight loss goals. People who count macros {body builders primarily use the method and if you are into body building and are counting with whole foods, count on friends, this post is directed at regular Joes who have taken up macro counting} have a set number of grams of carbs, fat & protein they can eat throughout their day, no more. They break down these numbers into 3 or some 5 meals a day, allowing carbs, fats and proteins to be equally divided into each meal. People who count their macros portion out food, maybe even going as far as weighing it on a scale to calculate the nutritional content to the very decimal.

The Problem

1. Stressful/restrictive and 2. Not all carbs, fat & protein are created equal.

The carbs that you consume from housing Lays chips is not the same as the carbs that you get from eating a serving of quinoa even though the count might be the same. One is a whole food option that will nourish the body and the other, well…you get the point! {a processed oily, bag of junk with no nutrients}.

Simply counting macros doesn’t mean your proteins, fats, & carb options are health promoting or nutrient dense. People think because they are counting their macros they can make food choices that are poor quality, low fat, sugar free options because they are less points, such as “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” spray instead of real butter, Low cal ice cream sandwiches instead of ice cream, and processed junk because they are meeting their macros, and shaving some numbers off by doing so. BUT

Blissfully Lively Macro Counting

My question is even if you’re within your macro totals, and you have shaved off some grams of carbs by having low fat ice cream sandwiches rather than regular {side note they’re still ice cream sandwiches, not good for you so why not just eat the regular ones???} are a majority of the foods you are choosing whole unprocessed nutrient dense foods?

If the answer is yes and you are a macro counting genius that just likes to control your numbers but are choosing healthy options then count on my friend, but if the answer is no and you have been meeting your macros with pints of ice cream and chips all the while feeling hungry after every meal…THEN WE HAVE A PROBLEMO…no worries, it can be fixed :).

The Fix

Get real with yourself and ask yourself these questions below to figure out your goals!

  1. Am I looking to get healthier, build muscle, lose fat, what is my goal?
  2. Am I truly nourishing my body with whole real foods?
  3. Does the macro counting cause me stress, tracking every food I eat?
  4. Do I understand my bodies signals of hunger and am I fueling it?

If you are interested in more info, or are wondering how to get off the counting train but don’t know what to do next send me an email @ blissfullylively@gmail.com and we can chat options!

xo,

Lauren

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