The Benefits of Tracking Macros
Hey girls! This week’s blog post is about why tracking your macronutrients can be beneficial for reaching your goals, and how to do it in the Fit Body App. For those not entirely familiar with macros, you can check out this blog post!
Tracking your macros can be a helpful way to make sure you are on track with your nutrition to better reach your goals. It is not required to track your macros, but it can be a great learning tool, and a way to stay accountable when done correctly! Sometimes, we may not see as great progress if we are getting too much of one macronutrient vs. another. When trying to make physical progress, whether that’s maintaining lean muscle mass and shedding fat mass or building muscle mass and toning up, it is important that we are getting enough protein daily. Oftentimes when people start to track their macros for the first time, they realize that they may not be getting enough of one macronutrient vs another! This can hinder muscle growth, recovery, weight loss, and overall progress.
Each macro has their own caloric density per gram. Both carbohydrates and protein contain 4 calories per gram. Fats contain 9 calories per gram. When you go to track your macros in the Fit Body app, be sure that you pay attention to serving size, and how much of a food item you are actually eating. This gets easier over time, so be patient with yourself! In your app, click the plus sign (+) next to whichever meal you want to track. You can search for a food item and your frequently eaten food items will be saved in the “Common Foods” section below. This will make it even easier to track as you go on! The app will add up your daily totals for you!
A common concern people have when they start to track their macros is that they will become “obsessive” about tracking them, and this is totally understandable! Counting macros is meant to be a way to help make sure you are on track to meet the goals you have set for yourself. If you find that you are becoming a little too worried about tracking every day, or you don’t want to track every day, I recommend tracking once or twice a week! Typically we eat very similar foods during the week, especially if we meal prep. It’s helpful to be able to make sure you are in the ballpark for your macros — they don’t need to be perfect every single day!