Tracking Macros for Weight Loss
You all know by now that I am a huge personal fan and advocate for tracking macros for lifestyle nutrition, muscle building and more. And if you’ve caught any of my live videos or replays on Facebook you also know that I truly believe that tracking your macros is a fantastic way to burn fat and lose weight. Here’s the scoop:
-CARBS ARE NOT THE ENEMY Carbohydrates are used as energy by the body; they fuel your day-to-day functions as well as your workouts. When you eat a good amount of healthy carbs on some days and focus on high healthy fats on the off days, your metabolism stays revved up and burns more fat at rest.
-PROTEINS ARE NEEDED DAILY Protein is what helps build and protect your muscles. And to live in this life, your body NEEDS muscle. Muscles protect your organs and bones from injury. And what is even cooler, is that muscle mass actually burns calories at rest - so the more muscle you have, the more calories you are burning at rest! Your body does not store protein, so you need to keep giving it to your body, daily.
-FATS ARE IMPORTANT I grew up in a time that everything was "low fat" or "no fat". This is so wrong! Fats are very important in your diet - but we need to choose the good fats!
Your body needs each macronutrient - even for weight loss. Now here’s the way you make your macros work for you-
- Carb Cycle: Carb cycling is just what it sounds like, eating more carbohydrates on some days (high carb days) to promote muscle growth and eating less carbohydrates (low carb days) on same days to promote fat loss and minimize fat gain. This is my favorite technique for weight loss because it gets results fast and you are not deprived!Cycling carb intake also allows you to utilize fat for fuel as opposed to carbohydrates. The pattern of alternating high carb, moderate carb and low carb days tricks your metabolism into burning fat and a lot of calories. That combined with timing your workouts based on what and HOW you are eating that day, you are able to increase fat burning all day long. The carbs are then used to build muscle while burning fat!
- Utilize an “If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)” approach. Here’s a great method for those of you who are ready for something besides Carb Cycling or have a handle on your system but still want to try IIFYM to get even better results. To maintain a sustainable weight loss you will need to balance out your macros regularly. No cycling. You will not need a low carb day in the mix regularly. More than anything balance will be key (Protein/Fat/Carb splits).
Tracking your macros can be a very effective and favorable method for weight loss and fat burning, all while helping you feel in control and not deprived. If I can help get you started, please reach out and lets get you rolling and on the road to success!
For more information on my carb cycling program: 4 Weeks to Fat Loss, check it out here!