6 Tips Guaranteed to make counting your macros and eating delicious food easy || Dunnebells

You have all of these amazing fitness goals you want to achieve and most of the time you immediately start by figuring out how many calories you are allowed to consume each day to stay on track. Stop right there. It is time for you to start looking into macronutrients and focus your attention on your daily intake of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. The idea macronutrient diet varies for each individual. In the beginning, counting your macros may have you feeling lost and confused.

Here are 6 tips guaranteed to make counting your macros and eating delicious food easy.

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1. USE YOUR HANDS TO MEASURE FOOD

Using hands to measure or estimate the macronutrient count isn’t the most accurate way of doing it but works quite well! You can find out different measurements to ensure maximum accuracy in proximation. For example, take a known quantity for comparison and use different parts of the hand to keep a track. Examples of how this would work: A fist = 1 cup. A palm = 3oz meat. The tip of your thumb = 1 tsp. These measurements are obviously not exact, but you don’t have to be perfect when it comes to counting macros to see massive results.

2. USE AN APP TO TRACK YOUR FOOD

Apps like My Fitness Pal are great tools to keep track of your nutritional and exercise levels. It doesn't only help you to keep a count of your macros, but also has plenty of other exciting features! There's a barcode scanner which can scan the exact amount of macros you are about to consume. You can share your fitness level with others and motivate each other for better fitness. All you need to do is enter the food you consume with a few clicks, and the rest is done by the app, for you! 

3. EAT FOODS YOU LIKE

Eating what you like is the best way to stay on track with your fitness! Observe our own diet trend and match it with what you like to consume. If there are certain foods you eat regularly, keep in mind the macros they provide you with and adjust your meal plans in sync with that! If you are consuming a little less of a certain macro, try to add in elements of that macro to other meals during the day. For example, if you are really carb heavy in the morning and lack protein in the day, try and think about ways you could add in protein to your morning meals or snacks.

4. PLAN AND PREPARE FOOD THE NIGHT BEFORE

Plan it the night before! Yes, planning what you’ll be eating the night before gives you sufficient time to prepare your mind for what you’ll be eating the next day. When you make the plan the night before you won’t have to worry about messing around with your app and trying to count macros when you are hungry and searching for foods that will work. Decide on your portions ahead of time and do your best to stick to your macros the next day.

5. MIX IT UP WITH WHAT FOOD YOU EAT

Just because you have the same macros amount for each day doesn't mean that your meal has to become boring and monotonous! Setting up a routine with the same meals every day might make you miss out on crucial vitamins or fibers! Know what your body craves and mix up the foods a bit to have a wholesome intake over a long period of time. This will ensure you continue to get results without any mad deprivation of your favourite foods.

6. DO YOUR BEST BUT DON’T BECOME OBSESSED

Yes, you must be cautious of what you are consuming to maintain your macros count during the day. This is not something you will want to do for the rest of your life. After a few weeks of counting macros, you will be impressed with how much you learn about the nutritional content of the food. But, don't become obsessed with it! Have days every week where you eat foods you enjoy, give yourself a treat once in a while, and maintain healthy relationships with your food! Don’t be too harsh on yourself. It is okay to loosen up a little sometimes.

To summarize, don't just follow macros and count blindly! Set some goals, get your specific macro count and work towards a healthy happy life!

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