Do you love reading about diets? Or does it bore you to tears?
I've been on both sides.
Right now I have been enjoying reading about transformation stories and the diet that each person employed.
Every one is different and has different needs when it comes to nutrition, fuel, eating, diet, macros, micros, breaking bread, having a snack, enjoying a big sunday feast..
So you're thinking, ok what's the point of this post? Glad you asked.
I've been tracking my cals/macros for quite some time now. Yes, both. They are both important.
Some say macros are all that matters, some say total calories is the only thing that matters. On and on it goes.
Back to my point.
Tracking. Even though I am pretty good at eye-balling meals and keeping tabs on what I'm eating, I still like to have a better idea, ESPECIALLY if I am attempting to build size or drop some fat.
Can you get by without tracking and make progress? Yes. Great progress? Maybe.
But why not utilize a great strategy that's really not that hard or time-consuming?
So if you have never tracked your meals or if it's been awhile since you have, and you aren't making the gains in muscle or the losses of fat, that you'd like..then try it.
Even if it's only for a month. I bet you will be surprised what you learn.
And if you learn something valuable and decide you don't want to track anymore, that's fine. It will be worth it.
How do you track?
You can use an app or do it on your phone or go old-school and do it with pen and paper. I have done all three. Right now I prefer using the notes in my phone.
I'm cutting fat right now so it helps me to know for my last meal I need to get in a certain amount of protein and carbs or whatever.
If you can prepare many meals for the week and you know exactly what you will eat and how many times a day and at what times, that's great! More power to you. I don't. My schedule doesn't allow for that and I imagine that's possibly the same for you.
When you track your macros for the day and attempt to get close to those numbers each day, you will be amazed at the progress you can make. And fast!