In any training and nutrition program, the ability for clients to track their nutrition is not only important for us as trainers, but also for them to stay accountable themselves. In today’s blog, we will examine just what tracking macros means for you and how you can get started tracking yourself.
The first question is “What are macros?” The human body requires macros or macronutrients in relatively large amounts to grow, develop, repair and feel good! The three macros are protein, carbohydrates and fats.
The broader question is, “What does tracking macros actually mean?” Tracking macros is a systematic way to count the amount of the 3 macros you consume in your daily diet. In the past, it required carrying around a pen and paper all day, looking at the label of the food you ate, and writing down the amount of each macro you ate at each meal. This was great for some, but for others, it became monotonous and overwhelming to have to write every detail down.
Now, with the advanced technology of our world, tracking macros has never been easier! With phone apps like MyFitnessPal and MyMacros+, you can access databases of thousands of foods found all over the world with all of their macro information at your fingertips. It’s as easy as putting in the amount you ate and adding it to your daily diary. At the end of the day, you can see the amount of each macro you consumed. Both of these apps can be found in the app store on both Apple and Android devices.
Why should you be tracking your macros?
Tracking your macros allows for you to have control over your nutrition. You can make choices throughout the day that will allow you to stay within your boundaries for each macronutrient. Also, it allows for your trainer or nutritionist to know what you are consuming each day. If progress is stalled or going the wrong way, changes can be made to keep you on track. As a trainer, I try to have each of my clients track their food everyday both for them and for myself. It has been a great tool both in my training and in my clients’ training.
In next week’s blog, we will address how much of each macronutrient you really should be eating based on your goals. Stay tuned!
By Ryan McIvor