Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Macros Schmacros......

You know you've heard about them....honestly, I had no idea what people were talking about but as I've gotten healthier & looked further into ways to improve my diet, I stumbled across IIFYM (if it fits your macros)
The concept is pretty easily understood once you wrap your head around it. You eat a certain amount of calories based on your activity level and divide that number into the 3 different groups; Carbs, Fat & Protien. Everyone is different and you have to play around with your #'s to get something that works best for you. I did this months ago and I loved being pretty free to eat what I want and I was mostly full throughout the day, there were some days that couldn't eat everything I needed to but had to force myself. The only downside to it is you have to be good at math & good at planning...and I am neither of those things, lol.

If you follow Megan over at Skinny Meg like I do, she blogged about doing this for herself and I was super excited! I love her blog and her honesty when it comes to things....I also love watching her progress so when I saw her photos the other day, I was amazed! It's a 15lb difference but what a change....her body is changing and that's just what I need. So I'm giving counting my macros another shot. I set up My Fitness Pal to reflect the ratios I wanted and I track everyday so follow along with me. It's super easy to do if you haven't already, just click Goals at the top and then customize! So once I did my calculations on Macro Fit, this is what it gave me:

I'm excited to try some new foods but the hardest part, will no doubt, be getting in all that protien. It's a lot and I know I don't even come close to it on a day to day now so that will be my biggest change.....but I need this change. Already with adding more weights & doing less cardio, I see my body starting to change shape. Less in the middle, order legs & arms....I'm hoping with this knowledge I become a better & healthier person. I'm not perfect & I don't claim to know everything, but I do know you have to find something that works for you & your lifestyle. I'm hoping that this is it.

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  1. I hear a ton about macros on MFP, but as of now it's all I can do just to record my foods and count basic calories. I don't even look at the other numbers. I know it is a good thing to do though. I really do love meat, but it's more of a "sit down meal" thing, and so I struggle to get it in too!

  2. I never really understood the macros talk, so I am glad I got to read your post. I am not there yet, but it will be in the back of my mind when I get to that point. I just think it is great that you are curious and willing to try new things :). It will be neat to see your before and after pictures. I love meat, so I know I could get in that

  3. I'm so glad you're giving it another chance! I would maybe increase your fats though - I have mine set at 37% and my carbs at 34% Just a thought :)

    1. Thanks for the suggestion & reading! I love your progress shots....they were so inspiring, I'm ready to get back on track of this whole thing! :)