Just kidding. Kind of. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I was and am a big fan of tracking macros. However, I did NOT personally track all of my food for eight years. In fact, I’m kind of appalled by that statement (and I’ll tell you why, shortly).
But let’s rewind for a second: have you heard that you *have* to track your food in order to lose weight? Do you believe that if only you were better about consistently measuring, weighing, tracking and logging your food that you would have the body you desire?
Yeah, I used to believe that, too. Largely because of posts from influential fitness professionals, “bragging” that they had tracked their food for XX amount of time. Surely that was the secret to their ultra-shredded physiques? I mean, I’ve even created my own sort of “highlight reel” on my own Instagram, and I share different nutritional strategies on my Facebook.
So, when is too much too much, and can tracking ever be a bad thing? Read on!
A fitness “pro” in my newsfeed recently posted that he had tracked ALL of his food for EIGHT YEARS. Either he’s a) lying or b) pathetic. What kind of “professional” are you if you can’t figure out how to meet and achieve your goals without tracking for EIGHT YEARS?!
I mean, don’t get me wrong, measuring and tracking your food is a great strategy to learn about the different macronutrient and micronutrient breakdown of certain foods. It will tell you what foods, in what amounts, supply the main macronutrients of protein, carbohydrates and fats. This will also teach you about appropriate portion sizes for your body, and about the relative nutrient density of different foods (i.e. you can eat a LOT more zucchini than Skittles for the same amount of carbohydrates). But once you have that basic knowledge, isn’t it time to move on to more advanced concepts? Especially if you don’t want to be a slave to “calorie math” for decades?
Next, it tells me a lot about that coach’s approach with his clients. If he’s rigidly and dogmatically sticking to ONE approach with HIS eating, what do you suppose he expects and requires from his clients? Do you think he is going to have any patience, support, or experience to help someone who prefers not to count – or is he going to use that as an excuse to explain why his “coaching” doesn’t work for them? What about ignoring the signs and symptoms that it’s time to take a break – when the body just isn’t responding to ever-increasing levels of restriction? The psychological and physiological effects of long-term restriction and tracking are not benign.
To answer that question: no – and a REAL coach would be someone with multiple modalities and approaches, to take into account client preferences and support and guide them to get results on THEIR terms, not the coach’s. Have you ever worked with a REAL coach?
Even if you love macro-counting right NOW, and it’s a fit for you right now, hey, I get it! I am an accountant and it was an approach that I enjoyed and learned a lot from when I checked it out…FIVE YEARS AGO. But I’ve also personally checked out vegetarianism, Whole30, Paleo, keto, LCHF, and Intuitive Eating, and my certification as a nutrition coach has me tapped into a network with support for just about every other dietary approach under the sun, including but not limited to: veganism, plant-based eating, raw, pescetarian, Slimming World, South Beach, WW (Weight Watchers) and more.
That’s good news for me and for you. And the good news for my newsfeed is that another fitness pro gave this great example as food for thought: “just imagine tracking your morning bottle of Ensure.” Or carrying your food scale to the dining hall of your retirement villa…is that really how you plan to have a slammin’ bod in your golden years?
If it’s not; if you’re ready for an “exit strategy” from counting macros (or you never wanted to count them to begin with), then let me know. There ARE other ways. You can apply for coaching, or book a complimentary call to discuss your nutrition*.
– Are you ready to address the underlying fundamental HABITS of how we eat and live when we’re not “on” a diet to ensure lasting change AFTER the diet is “over”?
– Are you ready to be educated, empowered, and primed at ALL levels to make choices to fuel your body and your performance?
– Are you ready for TRUE food freedom, on your terms?
I’m looking forward to speaking with you.
Have a fit day!
*As always, I am NOT a nutritionist or a dietitian. I encourage you to consult with your trusted health professional on any dietary advice or strategies that are unique to YOU as an individual, especially if you are dealing with food allergies or intolerances. As a certified nutrition coach, I work alongside these professionals as part of your care network, to support you with your health and fitness goals.