Why I don't count macros

I feel like as I am writing this I will be scrutinized by other Personal Trainers and people in the fitness industry that are adamant counting macros is the best way, but it's just not for me. There has been a massive growth in the fitness industry in the last few years and I'm a part of it, which I am really happy about as I am helping to make people healthier. With this growth has come many methods of losing weight, gaining muscle and counting macros has become part of the hype, however body builders have been using it for ages. I am completely not against counting macros as it obviously gets results, if you speak to any fitness model it's 90% guaranteed that they do it, but why don't I? 

What are macros? 

Just in case you don't know, macros are the macronutrients your body needs to survive, these being fat, carbohydrates and protein. 

Too much time 

I'm not going to be a hypocrite and say that I don't have the time to count the macros in all of my food because everyone can find the time, the fact is I don't want to find the time. There are plenty of other things I would much rather be doing than weighing my food, like spending time cooking delicious meals and going outdoors. I have nothing against people that do this and they have an end goal, but for me it is just far too time consuming when I know i'm at a healthy weight and I know which foods are good and bad. 

I don't want to be a fitness model 

Recently I have also found a bigger pressure on Personal Trainers to compete and look like all of the fat has been sucked out of them, i'm not going to do that. Once my mum was worried I'd start fitness modelling and my first comment was "mum I won't even wear heels on a night out do you think i'm going to step onto a stage is transparent 6 inchers". Again, nothing wrong with competing, I actually think it's pretty amazing what these people do as they have so much self control, but for now I don't want to look like that so I don't need to be so strict with my macros. 

I like to improvise 

When i'm cooking I just throw stuff in the pan and generally like to discover what I've made when I taste it. I also like to decide on the day what I want to eat so I go to the supermarket pretty much everyday. This sounds like a nightmare for a lot of people who like to do the 'big shop' once a week but I love to cook and so does my partner so I don't want to be restricted by what I've bought 4 days earlier. Plus, if I'm hungry I'll eat as much as I need to, not just what is within my macros. 

I know what's healthy and what's not 

I have my level 3 in nutrition and I am very aware of which foods are good and bad for you, as are a lot of people. You don't need to count your macros to eat well, make it as simple as possible for yourself; protein with every meal, at least 5 fruit and veg a day and reduce your amount of processed foods. As long as you're not overeating and you exercise regularly you should be okay, the issue can come with macros when people decide that you can eat what you like as long as it's in your macros. For example people who miss meals so they can have a big mac later, sure it's in your macros but it's not healthy is it? 

Again I want to emphasize that counting macros does have its benefits, it's a great way to track what you're eating if you've got a goal to achieve and as long as you stick to it you can get great results. It's just not for me....if you want to know more about macros drop me a message! 


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