Why You’re Failing with Macros

I know macro counting is a very trendy topic right now, and while it was the key for me, I also know that it’s a bit complicated to understand. I see so many people giving it a try, struggling for a week or two, getting overwhelmed and then giving up or feeling like they failed. If that is you, you most certainly are not alone. โฃ

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๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ : โฃ
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  1. Y๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ. If macro counting is done right, it should take a long time. Reason being, we want it to lead to slow sustainable weight loss (๐˜’๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข ยผ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐Ÿธ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฃ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ). It also may take a while in the beginning to figure out what your true deficit is and to do that we need to track consistently for AT LEAST a month.โฃ
  2. ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข. Every single body is different and everyone’s needs, functions, and calorie burn will vary. That being said, in order to see what the best macro split for you is, you need to start with a generic formula, track how your body responds, and make changes from there. This takes TIME.โฃ
  3. ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ. Building off of the two reasons above, if you are constantly making changes to your macros, you’ll never allow your body a chance to adjust AND you won’t track things long enough to see whether or not what you’re doing is working. You or your coach should NOT be switching up your macros every week, or even two weeks.โฃ
  4. ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ. If you’re catching on to the trend here, the key is time and consistency. The only way to know if something is actually working is to be consistent with it for at least a month. If you are never actually hitting your macro goals or being at least 80% compliant, there’s no way to know whether it’s actually working or not โฃ ๐˜—.๐˜š. ๐˜ˆ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜œ๐˜”๐˜‰๐˜Œ๐˜™ ๐˜–๐˜•๐˜Œ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ-๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ. ๐˜ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ. โฃ
  5. โฃ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ “๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด”. While quantity is key when it comes to macro tracking, food quality is equally as important when it comes to actually being able to stick to your macros AND keep your body healthy. If your diet consists of poptarts and protein shakes, you’ll likely feel hungry often AND you’re setting your body up for higher insulin, stress, and lots of health problems down the road. Not only that, you’ll probably feel pretty crappy and have a harder time sticking with any sort of plan. One hack to solve this, try to focus on good whole foods 80-90 percent of the time. Iโ€™m also a huge fan of prioritizing a daily protein goal, including 1-3 healthy whole fat sources a day (oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, etc…) and aim to hit a daily fiber goal. This will ensure you’re choosing higher fiber, whole grain carbs, fruits and vegetables to reach that goal.โฃ
  6. โฃ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ. This can be a huge one especially if you’ve never tracked portions before. It can be really difficult to estimate portion sizes and you may be grossly under or over estimating the amount of food you’re consuming, simply because you genuinely haven’t learned what 4 ounces of chicken looks like yet. It doesnโ€™t mean you have to weigh and measure forever, BUT the best way to learn how to eat intuitively is to actually understand what your body needs. โฃ
  7. ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ญ๐˜ญ “๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ”. There is absolutely NO WAY to fall off track with macros, unless you simply just stop, but here’s the reality. Even if you’re over or under, or not positive on your foods that day, just track something. The best way to learn is to fail, and if you keep just stopping every time you think you “failed”, you’ll never actually learn enough to follow through.โฃ
  8. โฃ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด. If you can’t be consistent with macros, start with simply logging your food. Get really good at that. Then maybe you track your calories and a protein goal AND then track your macros. Understand that there’s a learning curve and it will take time and practice, and just like with anything you may need to start with a more beginner approach so have patience with yourself. โฃ

I’m curious? What is your biggest struggle when it comes to nutrition? Is it the all or nothing mindset? Knowing what to do? Following through? Fill me in! โฃ

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