Macros Aren't Forever

Monday, June 05, 2017

*GASP* 😱 "What?? Aren't you a macro coach yourself, Chelsea?", "Don't you count macros??" YUP and yup! I coach others through macros and also count them myself (moderately), but believe that macro counting is just not sustainable to do FOR-EV-ER. 

If you have no idea what this Macro Nonsense is all about click here to read my post explaining it.

I don't consider macro counting to be a diet. I really don't. I see it as a way for my clients to get control over what they're eating. To help them realize how many grams of sugar are in their favorite creamer. To help them discover a nutrient-dense diet on their own, and to help them realize how individualized each persons "diet" should be. There are no restrictions. It's a learning experience in my opinion! It's like that old proverb: 

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"

If I just give a client their numbers (macros) and tell them to track their food intake in an app, they won’t learn anything. If I explain macros, the importance of them, why we track them and how tracking will help reach their goals, they will learn!

If I just gave a client a list of foods to eat with no explanation of why they should be eating it, they wouldn't learn anything. Sure, they'll see results, but what would happen when their 12 weeks were up with me and were on their own? They'll probably go right back to their old ways and gain the weight right back. But if I give a client their macros with a long explanation and all the tools they need to be successful, they will learn the process themselves and will be able to use these tools for the rest of their life. They wouldn't need me there to help them along the way anymore! Does that make sense? I hope so!

No more yo-yo dieting. No more following a strict diet of no/low carbs, no/low fat, high fat, no breads, no gluten, no dairy!! It’s time to get in tune with your body and eat for YOU and YOUR goals. That’s what I believe macro counting does for each individual. It forces you to listen to your body, your hunger and satiety cues, and your cravings. And you don’t have to eat kale, or brussel sprouts or sweet potatoes (if you don’t want to)! You can continue to eat your favorite ice cream or pizza, and not hesitate when the girls invite you out for the night. It’s all about moderation.

Moderation is where a lot of people struggle, however. It's a hard concept to grasp! And I have struggled with it too. I have my foods that I know if I start eating, I can't stop (chips, mostly 😬)! So I just stay away from them when I can. I know that it is much easier said than done, but once your figure out your triggers and can eliminate them from your diet, you will have much more control over your diet; and there is not better feeling!  

So what's the difference between macro counting and any other diet out there? 
  • There are NO restrictions
  • It is individualized and personalized for YOU and YOUR goals
  • It creates good, healthy habits
  • It promotes a healthy relationship with your body (mind-body connection)
  • It's a healthy transformation into intuitive eating (blog post on this coming soon)

Moral of the story: macros aren’t forever, but (most*) everyone can benefit from counting and tracking for 6-12 months. Do you really think it’s realistic for us to weigh out our every meal? Is it realistic to think that we’ll log in our food to an app everyday for the rest of our lives?? I sure don’t! BUT, that being said, I think that tracking and counting for at least 5-6 months is beneficial for (mostly*) everyone. It’s so important to familiarize yourself with the nutrition label and to get in tune with your body. Do you have trouble with portion sizes? Satiety (fullness) cues? Binging? Or just flat out want to learn more about nutrition and what the frick you’re putting into your body?? Let me help you! 

I hope that this post helped shed a little light on macro counting and how I coach it. I hope that you don't find what I'm saying is hypocritical and realize that I'm not in it for the money, people! I'm in it to help YOU! I want you to be able to do this without me eventually, and even teach others about nutrition. Being dependent on someone is not going to benefit you in the long run. You have to learn for yourself. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email me!

As always, thank you for listening 😊

*I say that macro counting is for (mostly) everyone, because it can cause obsessive behaviors in certain people. If you are someone who is obsessive, this could cause more harm than good. No one that I have ever coached has developed an eating disorder due to macro counting, but I have heard stories from others who have. If you think you are one of those people, talk to me! I can help you! 

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