by The Fit Girl Reporter on
June 16, 2016

Do you Macro? (what are macros and is it right for you)

Want to lose weight but hate eating salads or feel like you are not yourself eating certain foods because you have changed your eating habits to lose weight.

What are Macros?

Well how about if I told you that you CAN lose weight without changing your eating habits drastically. They call it IIFYM, if it fits your macros. Macros means macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) to achieve a body composition goal. Instead of counting calories, you track your specific macronutrients for your body composition. Essentially your body just breaks down the food and processes the macronutrients without judging if its a healthy salad or meat lover slice of pizza. By putting more emphasis on your macronutrient intake rather than keeping track of calories or eating certain foods, you are able to attain your goals while still enjoying your favorite foods and consuming them in whatever method ( food combinations/ meal timing, etc.) you want.

How do you get started?

Go onto IIFYM.com and click onto the iifym calculator. There you will add your age, height, weight, input your daily activity level and goals whether its weight loss, to gain or maintain. They will email your macros after calculations and may recommend books or coaches to assist you on this method. Myfitnesspal and mymacros are two apps that you can download to help you keep track while you’re on the go.

Seems to good to be true? This method has been shown to be deliver better results and a better relationship with food compared to inflexible dieting. Many people obtain an unhealthy obsession with dieting and under eating that it ruins their social life and in many cases they come into getting a full blown eating disorder.

Many debate whether this method is bad for you because it shows people that eating processed foods can still benefit you from losing weight. The important thing is finding what works best for you, having a healthy relationship with food and knowing that being healthy on the inside is more important than just looking healthy on the outside. And as you become more aware of what you should be eating, it will open up the gateway to eating healthier foods.

 

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