Tracking macros is a useful tool for fat loss because it allows you to structure your caloric intake based on your goals. But what else does it give you? I’ve received polarizing comments about how tracking macros may have influenced me to eat more junk food, or to ‘ruin’ perfectly good recipes trying to make them fit, but at the end of this comes a lot more than just making things "fit".
We discuss the principle of building your diet about 80-90% whole foods, set fibre targets and try to eat in a ‘balanced’ way because we hope that being more intentional with your food choices will provide an understanding of what you’re eating beyond just calories. The option to make something fit doesn’t mean it’s always the best choice, and hopefully the choice to not eat certain foods will also be driven from a health standpoint, rather than just it inconveniencing the rest of your day of eating.
Logging your food choices is a fantastic opportunity to recognize how your body responds to different foods, which is going to be different for everyone. There is no one size fits all food list to run your unique engine on. I’ve had members that feel sluggish on dairy, while I feel amazing. I have some members who can tolerate a high sodium diet whereas for me there are some days just looking at salt makes me feel bloated.
Tracking macros allows you to eat ‘treat’ foods while still knowing that you’re on track with your body composition goals. It ALSO allows you an opportunity to be on track with eating nutrient rich diet that fuels your well being along with your performance. We’ve all seen the internet memes:
‘What are your training for?’
As flexible dieters, we should be asking “ What are you eating for?”