Simple and Basic Steps to Macros, don't be scared it's actually pretty simple. Macros takes time and planning to be 100% successful but once you figure out the math game it actually become pretty fun. Read below for a little break down👇
Step 1. Measure your Food (100% a Must)
If I just convinced you to let macronutrients into your life, you probably asked in a sad voice, "OK, how much time will it take and what do I need to buy?" Fortunately, the answer to both questions is "not much."
When you are learning to track your nutrition, the best tool you can have on the kitchen counter are a food scale.
Step 2. Record
You now know what your meal is "worth," at least in terms of macronutrients. For example, say you eat about a quarter-cup of almond butter and an apple when you get home from work every day. Here's how the macros would look:1/4 cup Almond Butter * Calories: 384 * Fats: 34 g * Protein: 13 g * Carbohydrates: 11 g
1 large Apple with skin * Calories: 116 * Fats: 0 g * Protein: 1 g * Carbohydrates: 30 g
Using MyFitnessPal will make this tracking process a lot easier and break down Calories, Macros, Micro Nutrients for you.
Step 3. Start Meal Planning
Now you have your scale, MyFitnessPal you can start planning ahead. But you can't eat a number, and you can't predict how it'll make you feel. So while there are classic ratio you can start with, like 40/30/30, they should be guidelines, not rules.
Try something like 40/30/30, and if you're hungry all the time, increase your protein. If you find your energy lagging, you may want to try increasing your carbs. Nutrition for bodybuilding is part science and part art, and we're always trying to strike the right balance between the two.
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