“Breakfast sure was tasty, but it had too much fat in it!”
“I thought that trail mix would be more balanced, but after I logged it, I was surprised by the fat content.”
“But I thought I was being so healthy – I got a salad! How the heck did it pack so much fat?”
Erm. That doesn’t sound like flexibility to me!
Each day you attempt to track macros, you’re learning:
>> what’s ActUaLlY in your food
>> which foods leave you full and satisfied
>> it’s hard to overeat on whole, real foods
>> preparing food at home is a challenge worth overcoming
>> how to visualize what you need across a whole day
>> nuts are a good source of fat (not protein)
^^ that last one was for me
No one expects you to play an elaborate game of tetris – puzzle piecing your way to hitting your macros perfectly ever single day.
And here’s the deal – I know you want to eat to look, feel and perform your best so if you find yourself off target after a high fat meal or snack – listen up:
If you overshot your fat targets, don’t sweat it! Attempt to hit your calorie goals and your protein targets, while adjusting carbohydrates down to accommodate overeating your fat needs.
Ordering the cobb salad for lunch – complete with eggs, bacon, blue cheese, avocado means you’ll swap skin-on chicken thighs for skinless chicken breast at dinner tonight.
When you do get the chance to eat a real meal after spending the day grazing at the kid’s events, you’ll prepare something filling, high in protein and with lots of vegetables.
Next time you make breakfast, you might include higher protein + lower fat options like ham over bacon, roasted potatoes over fried, or a mix of eggs + egg whites over all whole eggs in that scramble.
Are you creating macro stress for yourself? Lean into flexible tracking – it will take you so much farther than perfection ever could!