If you don’t have a goal to lose weight, is macro tracking right for you?
In this episode of Macros Made Easy, I share five reasons why you might track macros that have nothing to do with fat loss. Whether you’re new to macro tracking or looking for new ways to use this approach, this episode is for you. Tune in to learn more about the surprising benefits of macro tracking, including:
overcoming “portion distortion” and understanding the appropriate portions for your body
One of the major benefits of macro tracking is that it can help you develop a better understanding of the appropriate portions for your body.
Because we typically have an overabundance of hyper-palatable nutrient-poor foods, our ideas of appropriate portions have become warped over the years. For example, you might have thought you were eating pretty tightly controlled portions of your favorite foods, but when you actually go to measure it, you’ve been spending a good deal of your macro allotment on foods that don’t really fill you up or don’t deliver much nutritionally.
By tracking macros, you become much more aware of the composition and amount of food that you’re consuming.
hitting your athletic performance goals
Whether you consider yourself athletic or not, if you’re challenging your body in any way, you’re an athlete!
Not only does macro tracking ensure that you are getting enough of each macronutrient, tracking macros can also help you fine-tune your nutrition to support your specific performance goals. For example, an athlete who wants to improve their speed and power might increase their carbohydrate intake, while an athlete who wants to build lean muscle might increase their protein intake.
By fine-tuning your nutrition with macros, you can ensure that you’re consuming the right amount of protein, carbs, and fat to support muscle growth and improve athletic performance.
supporting a healthy metabolism
Macro tracking can help support a healthy metabolism in several ways. To name just a few, it provides structure and a framework for making dietary changes. So if you’ve been undereating, you can gradually increase your intake over time in a controlled manner. Next, it helps ensure that we are getting the right balance of macronutrients and micronutrients, which is essential for supporting a healthy metabolism and optimal body composition. Also, macro tracking can help us track our progress over time as we reverse diet, allowing us to adjust our intake as needed to continue to support a healthy metabolism.
ensuring optimal hormonal health
If you’ve been undereating or overtraining, chances are your body hasn’t been receiving the nutrition and energy that it needs. This can cause prolonged stress, and hormone imbalances.
Tracking macros can help ensure that the body is receiving enough of the macronutrients it needs to support hormonal health. For example, consuming enough healthy fats is important for the production of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, while adequate protein and carbohydrate intake is important for the production of thyroid hormone and the regulation of blood sugar levels.
By tracking macros and ensuring adequate nutrient and calorie intake, you can support your hormonal health and avoid the negative consequences of undernutrition.
providing consistent satisfaction and fullness
If you describe yourself as peckish, always munchy, constantly craving, or addicted to sugar, chances are you might not be eating foods that are satisfying.
Macro tracking can help ensure consistent satisfaction by providing a framework for balanced and satisfying meals. When tracking macros, individuals are encouraged to consume a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat at each meal to meet their specific macronutrient targets. This balance can help prevent spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels, which can lead to feelings of hunger and cravings.
By being aware of the different ways that macro tracking can benefit you, you can make more informed decisions about how to use this approach to support your overall health and wellness goals. So whether you’re new to macro tracking or a seasoned pro, there are always new ways to use this approach to optimize your health.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Macros Made Easy – Get on the waitlist to learn when we enroll next and qualify for exclusive bonuses. This is a professional led, self-paced online course that teaches you how to track macros—the stress-free way. Learn how to eat for your unique needs so you can be in the driver’s seat of how you look, feel and perform without relying on a restrictive diet plan ever again.
- Eat to Lean Coaching – If you’ve mastered the basics of macros, but there’s still room for more clarity and personalization for your particular goals, join us in Eat to Lean Coaching! In this group coaching program you’ll learn nutrition, exercise and mindset changes alongside other women who are in your exact shoes.
DIY Macros Guide – Follow this free guide to set your own macros so you can start eating to your needs ASAP!