Do You Really Need To Keep Counting Your Macros???

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Whether you are just starting out on your quest to transform the way you look or you have been doing it for a while now, there is no doubt that watching what you eat is one of the most important aspects of it all. Of course you need to exercise and rest accordingly but the emphasis always seems to be placed on what you eat, how much of the food you're eating and so on, which I agree with. In terms of nutrition however, in my opinion there is a limit you should place on how obsessed you become with your macronutrient intake. Let's explore this further...

Macronutrients

Your macros are the 3 main food groups you consume on a daily basis which includes proteins, fats and carbohydrates. The majority of people who are serious about changing body shape and feeling better about themselves will make sure they track these three food groups properly. But how much tracking is too much tracking? Should you be counting your macronutrients? Should you be weighing these food groups too? What do you do? Do you weigh foods before cooking them or do you just know how much to have? Which one is right.....

Is There Too Much

Is there such a thing as being too obsessive when keeping track of each macronutrient throughout the day? I will hear some people saying they weigh and record everything they eat and it's pretty easy nowadays with the different apps you can use on your phone. Personally, I feel if you are starting out or wanting to get back into the groove of everything again, this approach is ok but only for a short period of time. I also think if you're a top level athlete then you might need to track food groups more closely than just the average joe. Here is why I believe if you aren't doing any of the above you shouldn't need to worry so much on the counting side of things...

Lifestyle

The important thing to note when changing your body and well being is that it's more than just changing what you eat. You need to make a lifestyle change and this requires you to make certain choices for the rest of your life. We all lead pretty busy lives in terms of family, friends and work commitments that can cause certain pressures and the last thing you want to do is have to count out exactly what you should be eating. It doesn't make sense in my opinion to give yourself more pressure with this, so I think in time once you get to know your body and the foods you should be having it's ok to not do this.

So, in answer to the above title, no I don't believe you need to worry about counting every single macronutrient you're having but rather getting to know your body and what you should be having. 

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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