There are many topics in life that get me excited! I love talking about real estate, weight training, bodybuilding, and macros! Counting macro-nutrients for nutrition and weight management is the key factor in my overall wellness and fitness goals.
Eating foods that work for our bodies is wise! It turns us into high functioning people who have energy and wellness to accomplish all of our goals. This is why I prefer macro counting over calorie counting. But that is a whole other blog topic for another day. Today I want to share the top 3 macro myths I heard this week.
- Counting macros is hard. Yes, I agree it seems difficult in the beginning. Like all new concepts, there is a bit of an investment in learning about macros and how to properly and accurately count them, measure them, and use them. If you are willing to invest in your learning, you will quickly find counting macros very simple.
- Label data can be trusted. False. The law allows companies a 20% error in nutrition reporting when it comes to calories and macros. To overcome this, I highly recommend whole food sources that are 1 ingredient. For example, chicken breast. If you want to add flavor to your chicken breast, do it with another one ingredient source such as avocado.
- All food is okay if it fits your macros (aka:IIFYM) I am not a fan of the IIFYM concept. Typically people who follow this idea will seek ways to fit as much junk food into their daily macro allotment. This partially defeats the purpose of counting macros because it lacks good nutrition. Fitting chips, pizza, tacos, and other nutrient dense foods into your daily macros sounds super fun, but you will not be able to perform your best in the absence of vitamins and minerals found in whole food sources. I like to use the 80/20 approach with my coaching clients. 80% of their macros are whole foods and 20% can be nutrient dense. This is a good balance.
There are many more macro myths floating around in cyberspace. Your best option for learning macros is to hire a coach *like me* 😉 A coach will teach you how to count macros and will accurately calculate your macro needs. You can certainly use an online macro calculator, just be sure you consistently follow the recommendation for a few weeks and track your results before making changes.
To get you started here is my super helpful macro guide.