Interested in learning the intentional and intuitive side of tracking your macros? Keep reading…
Remember that time you thought you’d go full on Betty Crocker mode and bake a cake for Grandma’s 75th birthday instead of just buying one from the bakery?
But instead of carefully measuring out each ingredient, you just threw everything into the bowl and wished for a miracle?
The cake didn’t turn out too bad, but it sunk a little in the middle, so you just cut around and prayed nobody would notice.
Yeah? That’s sort of like tracking your macros.
You don’t HAVE to macro track if you don’t want to.
Accurately tracking your protein intake requires intention – measuring out your food, searching for the nutritional values and recording that information somewhere.
🔥 Believe it or not, intention does leads to intuition.
Eating intuitively is always the long term goal, for everyone!
Eating intuitively means eating when you’re hungry, stopping when you feel satiated, eating what you feel like eating, according to taste or natural urges. Essentially, it’s listening to your own body and feeding it accordingly. Sounds dreamy, right?
But… sometimes eating according to natural cues or desires moves you further from your goals instead of closer to them. Or leaves you NOT feeling your best, because for a variety of reasons, sometimes our bodies send us cues that are NOT favorable for optimal health. And that’s when checking in on yourself with intentional eating is super helpful to re-establish more favorable messaging from your body!
To be intentional means tracking what you’re doing, in some way.
Otherwise how will you know that you are, in fact, hitting your daily protein targets or total calories?
Here are my top 3 reasons why I LOVE to track my macros:
You’ll be able to gain muscle and lose fat more efficiently.
By tracking your macronutrient intake, you KNOW for certain what level of calories and macros you are gaining on. It’s not just a bunch of guess work. I can’t tell you how many clients have expressed that they’re not sure why they’re not gaining more muscle. Once we sit down and calculate their intake, they’re way under in calories, they’re always so shocked and swear that they thought they were taking in way more!
Same goes with losing fat. If you’re not losing any weight, and you’re eating 2000 calories (let’s say), then you will know and you can reduce your macros accordingly.
It eliminates the ‘cheat’ mentality.
If you are tracking your macros, you don’t have to fall victim to the ‘cheating’ mentality. If your friends are going out for pizza, there’s no reason you can’t join them on occasion. Instead of eating 2 large pizzas because you’re ‘cheating’, just fit a couple of slices into your daily macronutrient intake. Having a modest amount of these foods and staying on target consistently is much better than falling off the wagon.
You’ll learn so much about nutrition just by tracking.
I personally have learned so much about what is actually in certain foods and which foods I should be eating to meet my daily macronutrient goals. Plus, by tracking overtime, you’ll start to get a good idea of the level that you tend to maintain your bodyweight at. This is so helpful for the future if you need to make any adjustments.
The BONUS Ultimate Macros Toolkit that you get when you register for the Lunchbox gives you a thorough breakdown of how much carbs you need, with food lists and carb content of different carb options, AND even sample meal plans to show you what it all looks like in a day of real life! Click here to learn more!
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