Tired of all the weight related language this time of year?
And, unfortunately, my beloved macro tracking approach gets wrapped right up in it. Much of the time, “macro counting” becomes synonymous with “weight loss” or even, “fat loss” — and it can absolutely help support these goals.
However, counting macros can be about so much more than losing, which is why I encourage you to expand your view if all that is possible.
1. Track macros to fight portion distortion.
While what is perceived as a “normal portion” has increased over time, many people have learned about nutrition through the dieting lens.
What results is a contrast between what is considered a “normal” portion and how much you think you should be eating.
Tracking macros provides a barometer for how much food is appropriate for you because the targets for P, F and C are tailored to your unique needs.
2. Support hormones by tracking macros.
Manipulating macro intake can change the hormone picture.
Using a macro approach could be helpful to ensure you’re eating enough:
- fat to actually make hormones
- protein to support strenuous strength training activity
- carbohydrates to replenish glycogen stores after intense cardio activity
3. track macros to support athletic performance.
Tracking macros can be one way to ensure you bring energy to your workouts as well as recover appropriately and fully. Proper nutrition could be the difference between showing up to a workout feeling like a total badass or feeling completely faded.
3. track macros to reverse diet your way to a healthier metabolism.
If you’ve been unintentionally (or intentionally) undereating for a long period of time, you might benefit from reverse dieting for metabolic health.
Reverse dieting is the strategic increase in calories and macros over time to combat the metabolic adaptation (or down regulation of metabolism) that naturally occurs as a result of dieting.
Using a macros approach to reverse diet is a great way to track and monitor on your way up to a higher, more liveable calorie intake by minimizing body fat gain coming out of a period of undereating.
3. track macros to avoid undereating your needs.
Maybe you have a history of undereating, but you’re over that now and understand the importance of eating enough to support your metabolism, hormones and overall activity.
Counting macros can help you get a great understanding of how much food is appropriate for you.
Aiming for even 10% close to a goal most days of the week will support maintenance of your current body shape and size so you can continue to feel great!
As I mentioned, you absolutely can use macros for weight or fat loss, but the approach can also provide so much more if you let it!