Hey, don’t get me wrong.
If a person wants to understand nutrition and its impact on their life.
I’d still 100% recommend them to start counting macros.
Because you learn a lot of stuff while doing that.
You learn that those 5-pack supermarket bakery cookies are 400kcal each.
So it’s probably not the best idea to eat three of them while watching TV.
You learn that having a doughnut is probably lower cal than having a raw vegan cake.
You learn that there’s quite a big difference between a can of tuna in olive oil and can of tuna in spring water.
You learn that it doesn’t really matter whether you use brown rice or pasta in your dinner.
And for many people, including me, IIFYM taught me to have a healthy and balanced relationship with food.
And because of all of this, I didn’t want to give it up.
Even though there definitely came a point where it wasn’t really working in my favour anymore.
But I would never admit that at the time.
But I want to talk about this because I don’t think many people do.
Even though I strongly believe that many people who count macros will share these confessions with me.
Are you ready to hear them?
Okay, here we go.
Sometimes, I would “hoard” my macros throughout the day to save them for dinner and then be absolutely starving and carb-deprived by the evening.
Sometimes, I would choose to go to a different burger place just because I knew their macros.
I wouldn’t just eat a piece of fruit because that’s not a “balanced meal”.
Sometimes, I wouldn’t eat as much as I wanted to because “I didn’t have more macros left” and then crash down later and eat more anyway because I would be too hungry.
Sometimes, I would eat even though I wasn’t hungry because I “had macros left”.
Sometimes, I would choose something different from the menu than what I really wanted after I found out it had better macros.
Sometimes, I would eat a very small dinner that wouldn’t satisfy me because I wanted to have “macros left” for dessert.
Sometimes, when I ate something that I didn’t know the macros for, I took advantage and ate “more naughty” foods for the rest of the day.
Sometimes, I ate something small without logging in and then pretended that because it’s not on MyFitnessPal, it didn’t happen.
Sometimes, I changed my serving size because of the macros.
Sometimes, when ate an unhealthy meal, I “gave up” macros for the day because there was no way I could meet them.
Sometimes, I got stressed out when other people cooked for me because I wasn’t sure what they put in there.
And so on, and so on….
Do you recognise yourself?
I’m not saying that any of these are bad or anything.
It’s just, counting macros makes us so perfectionist about food.
It kind of makes us think that if it’s not perfect, it won’t work.
I’ve got a story to tell you.
At one point, I realised that when I was my leanest, I was actually logging cous cous wrong.
Like 100kcal difference wrong.
Moral of the story?
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Extra 20g of oats?
Extra slice of toast?
Doesn’t make that much of a difference.
Too much restriction though?
Not feeling satisfied after meals?
Makes a whole lot of difference!
To be continued…
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