What Makes Counting Macros Different

Have you counted calories, portion containers, and points and found little to no results? Have you felt deprived and out of sorts within a few days? I know I did when I tried those methods! It wasn’t until I tried counting macros and carb cycling together that I truly found the results that I was seeking that were also sustainable long-term. So, what makes counting macros different?

First off, it’s important to know what macros are. Macros, or macronutrients, are protein, fat, and carbohydrates that come from food and provide nutrients to the body. They are what fuel our day to day activities, help us build and repair our bodies, and keep our hormones in check. For those reasons, it is SO important to be eating an adequate amount of each nutrient in order for our bodies to thrive.

When you count macros, you are simply ensuring your body is getting enough of these nutrients in order to allow it to function in the way it is meant to by taking note of the amount of grams each food holds. 

If we want to build muscle, we need to ensure that we are getting in enough protein. If we need energy, carb sources are often the way to go. For hormonal health and satiety, fats should be on call. 

While macronutrients do tie into caloric intake, counting macros is different from counting calories. Counting calories is simply tracking how many calories particular foods have and striving to reach a specific number each day, no matter the nutrient value. When you count your macros, you are counting the grams of each macronutrient that comes from each food you eat to ensure your body is being fueled appropriately. 

Sure, it is possible to hit your caloric goal while not hitting your macro goals. However this often leads to an overabundance of one, and underconsumption of another. For instance, you could be eating your full 1,600 calories consistently each day but falling short on getting enough protein while overeating carbs. 

The result? Your body is not able to build and repair muscle, hurting your goals of becoming stronger. Too much fat? You’ll find you’re lacking energy and feeling sluggish. Too many carbs? Your hormones may be out of whack! 

When I started tracking and counting macros in my diet, I learned that my body was able to function well, build muscle, and I was full of so much more energy. I was eating the same amount of calories, but because I was fueling my body well it was able to thrive. I lost fat, built muscle, slept better, and felt more energetic!

Ready to throw counting calories out the window and start counting macronutrients that will fuel your body? Head on over to the FASTer Way to Fat Loss website and register for my next bootcamp! 

You’ll learn how to count macros, learn which foods serve as the best fuel, and pair that with effective workouts and a supportive community.

Cheers!

Jenny

Healthy Living, NutritionJenny Mire