Hey Angels and Alphas,
Tracking macros has become a popular method for weight loss and body composition goals. Macros, short for macronutrients, refer to the three essential nutrients that make up our diet: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
The idea is to calculate your daily macro intake based on your weight, height, activity level, and goals, and then track your food intake to ensure you’re meeting those macro goals.
However, for some people, tracking macros can actually be sabotaging their weight loss goals. Here are a few reasons why:
It can create an unhealthy relationship with food
Tracking macros can lead to a hyper-focus on food and nutrition that can quickly become obsessive and unhealthy. For some people, it can lead to feelings of guilt or shame if they go over their macro goals or eat something that doesn’t fit into their calculated macros. This can lead to disordered eating habits and an unhealthy relationship with food.
It can be time-consuming and unsustainable
Tracking macros requires a significant amount of time and effort. It involves weighing and measuring every piece of food that goes into your mouth, which can be a time-consuming process. This can make it difficult to sustain in the long-term, especially if you have a busy schedule or prefer to eat out.
It doesn’t take into account individual needs and preferences
Calculating macros is a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t take into account individual needs and preferences. For example, someone who is more active may require more carbohydrates than someone who is sedentary. Similarly, someone who follows a vegan diet may have different protein needs than someone who eats meat. Focusing solely on macros can neglect important micronutrients and overall food quality.
It can lead to overeating or undereating
Tracking macros can create a mentality of “if it fits my macros, I can eat it,” which can lead to overeating or undereating. Just because a food fits into your macro goals doesn’t mean it’s a healthy choice. It’s important to focus on nutrient-dense, whole foods rather than simply hitting macro targets.
It can be stressful and lead to burnout
Tracking macros can be a stressful and exhausting process, especially if you’re not seeing the results you want. This can lead to burnout and make it difficult to maintain a healthy relationship with food and exercise.
So… what should Angels and Alphas do instead?
For the majority of people, tracking macros in a healthy way could lead to beneficial micromanagement and goal optimization. But if you’re someone who obsesses over the number on the scale or every little macro…
Rather than obsessing over macros, focus on eating a variety of nutrient-dense, whole foods. This means prioritizing fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.
Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues and eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Move your body in ways that you enjoy and aim for a healthy balance of cardiovascular exercise and strength training.
If you’re struggling to lose weight or meet your body composition goals, it may be helpful to work with a registered dietitian or certified personal trainer. They can help you develop a personalized plan that takes into account your individual needs and preferences and provide support and guidance along the way.
In conclusion, while tracking macros can be a useful tool for some people, it’s not the only path to weight loss and body composition goals.
For some, it can create an unhealthy relationship with food, be time-consuming and unsustainable, neglect individual needs and preferences, lead to overeating or undereating, and be stressful and lead to burnout.
Rather than obsessing over macros, focus on eating nutrient-dense, whole foods, and working with a healthcare professional or coach if you need additional support.