I’ve been off and on with my fitness journey for what seems like forever.
But lately I decided to take a leap of faith (for real real this time) and dive deep into my fitness journey.
Rather than depriving myself of the foods I love, I’ve decided to count macros and workout to lose fat instead!
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This is me after almost 2 weeks of working out 5-6 days per week, drinking at least 2L daily, and counting macros!
This is what I chose to do for myself because I wanted the changes I made in my fitness journey to be sustainable.
What’s the point of being fit and miserable when you can eat foods you love in moderation and get fit!?
I’ve really only just recently CONSISTENTLY started (but have been doing research for ages), and am excited where I will be by the new year.
What does it mean to count macros?
Well for starters, macros is short for macronutrients. These are the 3 categories of nutrients that make up what you eat, they are the building blocks of your food: protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
When you count macros, you are counting the grams of proteins, carbs, and fats that you’re consuming throughout the day.
Why do you count macros?
Because IT WORKS and I LOVE FOOD. I refuse to cut out an entire food group for the sake of losing weight. I also love the fact that it I am learning how to have self-control.
Look at me…see how my waist is shrinking and my bloating is decreasing and my belly is getting tighter?
One of the top 2 reasons why I love to count macros is because I get to eat what I want (within reason) and lose weight!
Some fad diets like keto require that you eat very minimal carbs. As someone who works out, I need my carbs because they give me energy.
Some other fad diets require that you only eat eggs, or drink nothing but smoothies. I can’t do that.
It’s not sustainable for me and what I’m looking for is a full lifestyle change.
I don’t care to lose 15 lbs in 1 week only to gain it back in 3 days.
I’m not knocking any diet but I am in this for the long-run. It’s more a lifestyle change for me so I need something sustainable.
No matter what diet you are on, you need to be in a caloric deficit in order to lose weight.
Eating according to my macros allow me to eat virtually anything. As long as what I want fits my macros, I am eating it.
Does this mean you can eat junk and lose weight if it fits your deficit macros? YES. But eating a clean and wholesome foods will help you look and feel better and this is what is most important.
But if you ever had a day or 2 when you feel like eating nothing but rich comfort foods, as long as they fit your deficit macros, you will lose weight.
How exactly do I lose weight while on a caloric deficit?
When you eat fewer calories than you burn, you create a caloric deficit and that is needed in order for you to lose weight.
Most of us aren’t even aware of how much we eat during the day and as a result, we overeat. Counting your macros let’s you see exactly how much you are eating.
How do you count macros?
I also use one of my most prized kitchen tools: a digital food scale as well as a food tracking app called MyFitnessPal premium to ensure I’m sticking to my macros as best as I can.
I basically weigh everything I eat throughout the day and I log it. It is not hard at all and only takes me a few extra minutes for me to weigh and log my foods.
This may sound time consuming overwhelming if you’ve never done it but I have a process I’ve developed that makes it easy for me.
I’m a mom and a wife with little time to spare most days so I’m always looking for ways to make things work for me, and not the other way around!
In the near future I’ll definitely be sharing a post and maybe even a video (working up the nerve to do this haha!) on how I do this.
What are your specific macros?
Based on my current weight and activity level, my macros are as follows:
Protein 170 grams
Carbs 144 grams
Fats 55 grams
I am currently in a deficit which is also known as “cutting”, as I am in the process of losing body fat.
Once I reach my desired body fat % goals, I will “bulk” which is basically the process of eating more calories than you are burning in order to gain lean muscle mass.
*Deficit= eating less calories/macros than you are burning
*Surplus= eating more calories/macros than you are burning
It’s definitely not rocket science. You will gain weight if you eat more than you are burning and you will lose weight if you eat less than you are burning.
I want to lose weight too. Can I use your macros?
Unless we are the exact same height, weight, activity level, and we have the same fitness goals, you cannot use my macros. They won’t work for you. They may be too little or too much depending on you’ve got going on.
Your macros should be specific to the criteria I mentioned above in order for them to work for you.
Use this easy guide to calculate your own macros!
I’m interested in trying this out for myself & following your journey!
Awesome! I’m proud of you for wanting to embark on your own fitness journey.
I will be sharing my own journey both here on FitMomBirthGeek and on my new fitness website which I will share in the coming weeks.
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