Look, I get it. There’s no way around it, and we can’t sugarcoat it.
We can’t even splenda-coat it.
Tracking your nutrition and counting your macros is a pain-in-the-rear. It eats up valuable time and feels like a never-ending loop around the merry-go-round.
And a lot of the time - it seems like it’s not worth the headache.
But trust me, it is.
The truth is this. If you’ve never taken the time to actually monitor the energy you’re putting into your body (in the form of protein, carbs, fats, and pop tarts - their own macro) with any reasonable attempts at precision, then the following statement applies:
You have no idea what you’re eating.
Literally, not a clue.
People routinely underestimate their caloric intake by 20, 30, 50, even up to 70%! That means someone thinks they’re eating 2,000 calories, and they’re actually eating 3,400 calories - nearly double.
In fact, dietitians, that’s right, people who have devoted their entire lives to understanding nutrition, eating healthy, and helping other people eat healthy, underreport their daily calories by 200ish.
If they can’t do it, then we certainly can’t do it.
But the moment you buy a food scale for $20 on Amazon, retrieve your measuring spoons from underneath the stove, and brush up on your grams to ounces conversions, that all changes. Within 72 hours of tracking your food intake, your awareness will increase by 9,200%.
You’ll quickly realize,
“Wow - eating enough protein is hard!”
“Man - those fat grams really accumulate fast!”
“Holy Cow - I had no idea that York Peppermint Patties are basically Pixie Sticks in clever packaging.”
Your view of how you fuel your body will never be the same, and the knowledge you will gain will never go to waste.
This is 100% true, all the time, every time.
If you don’t want to track macros for the rest of your life, that’s fine, I get it. I mean, you’ll always be a notch or two below those of us that do consistently track our macros year round in the world power rankings, but that’s okay - everyone can’t be a winner.
Either way, though? Just give it four weeks.
Forget crash diets and keto crazes. Do it right.
Commit to tracking your macros diligently, and go all in. You’ll set yourself up to hit all your physique goals, be equipped to troubleshoot any problems that arise along the way, and understand nutrition in ways you never knew existed.