The best way to eat is the way that makes you FEEL your best.
And the way that’s realistic for you to maintain…
I personally like to teach macro tracking because it’s really not a diet. You are just managing your food the same way you manage your finances. All food has macros whether you like it or not. Just like all things cost money! When you learn to budget properly, you give yourself freedom & confidence. The same goes for food!
Of course, it still is a matter of discipline, especially at the beginning when you are learning how to make things fit within your budget. However, the more you do it the more you are able to move things around and make them work : )
And the best part is that it’s not something you have to be a slave to in order to be successful. It simply allows you to understand portions & the best choices for YOU to have that freedom & confidence moving forward. It’s a TOOL you can always revert back to if need be!
For example, I no longer track my macros because I have a solid idea of the amount of fuel my body needs to feel my best. I have this knowledge because I spent a good amount of time tracking (aka learning). When I do have a specific goal (like training for a triathlon), I’ll start tracking again just to ensure I am fueling my body enough. Even just for a week to get a general understanding of what meals should look like for me.
Moving on, this actually isn’t supposed to be a newsletter solely explaining the benefits of tracking macros. My intention with this is to explain that there are VARIOUS ways to eat and the most optimal way is the way that makes you feel your best!
SO many styles of eating get thrown around, it’s easy to get lost in it all & feel urges to try certain ones. The reality is, when it comes to reaching your goals, calories & macros are what matter most. Which is why I recommend tracking them at some point in your life. With tracking macros, you can divide up your meals however you’d like (I do still recommend balancing your meals), eat whenever you’d like, do higher fats or higher carbs, be a vegan, eat paleo, intermittent fast, do keto etc.
Just like you can spend your money in different ways – as long as you budget properly ; )
So here are the questions I want you to ask yourself in your journey to find what style of eating works best for you:
What time of day do I feel most hungry?
Do I prefer eating more carby foods or fatty foods?
Do I like eating meat or alternative sources of protein?
Do I like smaller more frequent meals or bigger meals more spread out?
Are there foods my body doesn’t agree with?
For many of you, this make take some trial and error! So if you are unsure, experiment and you’ll find your answer pretty quickly : )
At the end of the day, it really is simple:
-stay within a calorie & protein range that supports your goal
-eating lots of nutrients is always a good choice
-all the rest is up to you & what makes YOUR body feel best!!!
Don’t overcomplicate it & see you next week : )