Tips for Macro Measurers
By Sara C.
I had a bunch of trouble transitioning to measuring macros, as opposed to the No Bread/Paleo eating style that I was used to. Here are some of the things that helped me, maybe they can help you too.
Make sure you’re counting everything you eat, even things like oils or butter you may cook with or dressings on your salads. The way to make this eating structure work for you is to be as accurate as possible with hitting your numbers.
If you know you’re going out for dinner or drinks, look at the menu ahead of time, pick something you’d like to have, and plug the meal and beverages into your app as soon as you can and plan the rest of your day around that. Make it fit!
Prepping meals, lunches, and snacks ahead of time saves you a lot of thinking when you’re hungry! Try to make time at least once a week to prep. If you want, you can even plug in meals days ahead of time into your app.
Go easy on the treats.
One of the biggest perks of this plan is that you can have a guilt-free treat every now and again. Just be careful not to have too many, as they still, probably, have lots of sugars, and are not as filling as “real” food.
Don’t let yourself get frustrated. Enjoy the learning process!
This can be hard to figure out at first. Try to be a little bit flexible in the sense that you might have to branch out from foods you “typically” eat.
Know what you can eat to fill your macros if you’re having trouble reaching any:
Are you low on carbs?
Add in a carb side with meals… like rice, more veggies, sweet potatoes, etc
Choose fruits as snacks during the day
Add a carb to breakfast, in addition to a protein, like fruit or oatmeal
Are you low on protein?
Try to have bigger meat portions with meals
Meat snacks are delicious and filling. Try quality deli meat, beef jerky, tuna or things like that.
Have some with protein (greek yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.)
Are you low on fats?
Nuts or peanut/almond butter can help. Just be careful with measurements because many of these have protein and/or carbs too!
Bacon! Always amazing, always high in fats!
The yolk of eggs have plenty of fats; keep in mind these will have protein too!
Equally, if you’re over on any of your macros, consider this list and think about ways you might be able to tweak your day to make your numbers work.
For example, maybe you’re high on fats. So, instead of having three eggs, you have one with one cup of egg whites.
Or, for example, maybe you’re high on proteins. Have you been having protein shakes after your workouts? Maybe only have a half a scoop instead of a whole one.