Meeting Your Macros
More often than not, I have come to find that clients tend to struggle with the same issues. One of the issues is in regards to meeting your macros. Two questions I seem to get the most are:
- I am full, do I have to keep eating?
- I have blown one of my macros, do I have to still meet my other macros?
Answer to Question #1
The answer is yes! In the beginning, when first starting off with flexible dieting, it is hard to have an understanding of meal timing and meal breakdown. Because it is so challenging, people often under eat during the day and end up having to stuff their face at night. Over time this becomes self correcting (hopefully) and you will begin to realize that to avoid that over-stuffed feeling, it is a necessity to spread your meals out evenly throughout the day. So all in all, keep eating until all your macros are met!
Answer to Question #2
We all have days where we go over one one (or maybe two) of our macros. If this happens, it is still necessary to meet your other macro numbers. The reason for this is because not all macro nutrients are created equally. Each one plays a different role in the body so can not simply sub one out for the other.
Listed below are a few macro options that can hopefully help you meet your macros without blowing any in the process.
- Egg whites
- Deli meats
- Greek Yogurt
- Cottage Cheese
- Protein supplements
- Rolled oats
- Bread/Bagels/English Muffins
- Frozen Yogurt
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Peanut/Almond Butter
Hopefully this mini challenge has generated a new understanding and planted some determination to meet your macros everyday. Use this post to drive you to maybe plan a little better this week. Try implementing meal timing and meal breakdowns to your daily routine. But most importantly, always remember by the end of the day to hit all your macros!