Are You Counting Macros For Weight Loss? Should You?

counting macros for weight loss

Are You Counting Macros For Weight Loss? Should You?

I started seeing how to count macros all over the internet so I did some research to figure out what exactly counting macros is and if it is important.

Macronutrients are needed in large quantities and are essential for life.
 
They are:counting macros for weight loss
  • Water
  • Energy Producing (Contain Calories)
    • Carbohydrate
    • Fat
    • Protein
FIRST HERE IS EXACTLY HOW TO COUNT MACROS:

Tracking your macros is another way of tracking your calories, but with a focus on the ratio of carbohydrate, fat & protein. Here is how to convert in terms of grams to calories for carbs, fat and protein.

  • CARBS: 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories
  • FAT: 1 gram of fat = 9 calories
  • PROTEIN: 1 gram of protein = 4 calories

So if you had a food item that had 20g of carbs, 3g of fat and 18 grams of protein it would have approx 179 calories.

20g*4= 80 calories

3*9=27 calories

18g*4=72 calories

There is definitely more to the story here because this doesn’t really take into account the micronutrients which are equally if not more important.
 
The big take away here is excess consumption of macros will shorten your lifespan.  But you have to also be careful not to eat too little energy producing macros which would leave your body malnourished.  If the nutritional quality of your diet is high you can be comfortably satisfied with fewer calories and maintain a perfect weight throughout your life and not be hungry all at the same time.
 
In order to do this you must also consume optimal levels of micronutrients.  Micronutrients are needed in small quantities and they carry out critical body functions.  Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
 counting macros for weight loss
Insufficient vitamin intake is common in western countries.  Unfortunately the SAD (The Standard American Diet) is lacking in Macronutrients & Micronutrients.  There is a lack of natural plant food which leads western cultures to have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.
 
I started to squirm when I wrote this post because counting calories is not something I ever want to do.  That is why I love the solution I’ve been using for the past 18 months.  🙂
 
So what do you do if you don’t want to spend all day counting Macros?
I’ve summed this up in 2 simple steps!
 
#1) Consume more veggies!  Ditch the doughnut and eat more fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins & minerals and will help you obtain optimal health without eating a high amount of calories.  Natural plant based foods provide a full spectrum of phytochemicals and are packed with macronutrients and micronutrients.
 
#2) Use a high quality supplement shake!  Stock your house with natural, high quality and high density supplement shakes that are designed to supply your body with these micronutrients.  All shake supplements are not the same so be sure to do your research.   I recommend using an IsaLean Shake for breakfast and/or lunch depending on your schedule. Let’s face it most of us are extremely busy these days and when we get fatigued we fall back into the bad choices of the SAD diet.
 
The secret to a healthy lifestyle is a high and wide micronutrient exposure without the high calories. This is the fountain of youth.  So if you need to count macros to do that by all means go for it.

Personally I think counting calories and counting macros is simply too complicated for most people so normally don’t recommend doing it.

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