Should you track macros?

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Why does this happen?

We recently received a direct message from one of our past clients that struck a chord with us:

“I stopped tracking, lost all willpower, and gained the weight back.” 😣

While some might attribute this to a lack of discipline, we delved deeper into the issue and uncovered some eye-opening insights about macro tracking and its limitations.

In this blog post, we’ll explore why macro tracking alone might not be the long-term solution you’re looking for when it comes to achieving and maintaining your health and wellness goals.

The Red Flags: Our journey into this topic led us to a startling statistic from a meta-analysis of 29 long-term weight loss studies: more than half of the weight lost by participants was regained within two years, and by the five-year mark, over 80% of the lost weight was regained. If that’s not a red flag, we don’t know what is. 🤷‍♀️

Macro Tracking’s Role: Don’t get us wrong; macro tracking can be an effective tool for shedding pounds and achieving short-term goals. However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for maintaining long-term health and wellness. Our primary focus at Add Nutrition is to help you achieve lasting results, not just quick fixes.

The Missing Pieces: Weight gain after tracking macros isn’t a testament to a lack of willpower. Instead, it often results from overlooking other crucial factors on your health journey. These factors include your individual needs, day-to-day behaviors, and overall lifestyle. In our experience, tracking macros accounts for only about 20% of the overall coaching process.

The 80% Solution: So, if you’re implementing just 20% of the process, it’s no wonder you won’t see 100% of the results! In our 1:1 nutritional coaching, we place a more significant emphasis on behaviors and individual needs because achieving long-term health and wellness necessitates the development of sustainable and enjoyable habits.

Living Authentically: Our goal is to ensure you not only get the nutrients you need but also live authentically and without reservation in your daily life. Life isn’t just about hitting the numbers; it’s about feeling your best and having the confidence to nourish and strengthen your body independently.

The Add Method: At Add Nutrition, we coach you and then set you free—free from the constant struggle with scales, food journals, or treadmills. We want to showyou what’s on the other side of balanced nutrition.

After all, our mission is to ADD to your life, not take away from it.

Conclusion: If you’ve ever felt trapped by the rigidity of tracking macros or overwhelmed by the process, we invite you to schedule a free connection call with us with us.

Let us guide you toward a healthier, more balanced approach to nutrition and wellness.

Here’s to the healthiest you!

Macros, short for macronutrients, are the three main components of the food we eat that provide us with energy:

  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats

Should I Be Tracking Macros?

Tracking macros is an incredible way to bring awareness to your eating habits and zero in on your goals.

  • Precision: If you have specific fitness or performance goals, like bodybuilding or athletic training, tracking macros can help you achieve precise results.
  • Awareness: Tracking macros can raise awareness about your food choices and portion sizes, which can be helpful for weight management.
  • Data-Driven: If you operate best off data and structure, tracking macros can be a healthy form of taking control of your nutrition.

What’s The Proper Way To Track My Macros?

  • Set Daily Macronutrient Goals: Your goals should be based on your health objectives, whether it be for weight loss, maintenance, or muscle gain.
  • Choose a Tracking Method: Use a food scale, mobile app, or a food diary to record everything you eat and drink. (Our favorite is offered through PracticeBetter!)
  • Measure and Record: Properly measure your food portions on a food scale and record your daily food and drink intake in a tracking app or journal.
  • Adjust and Stay Consistent: Regularly review your progress and adjust your intake when necessary to stay on track with your goals.

    If you feel overwhelmed by tracking macros or unsure how to incorporate them into a holistic approach to long-term health, book a free connection call with our team for expert guidance through an individualized plan tailored just for YOU.


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