120 days ago I embarked on a journey of sorts. Dave and I were discussing the CrossFit Level 1 Nutrition lecture. For those of you who don’t know, Dave is on the CrossFit Seminar staff and often gives the Nutrition lecture at Level 1 courses. He was telling me that he often gets questions about “counting macros,” eating a specific number of grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat. When working with nutrition clients, I was hesitant to suggest counting macros because meticulously tracking every single gram of carbohydrate, protein and fat seemed like a lot of work. However, we agreed that in order to speak intelligently on the subject, we should at least give it a try.
Fast forward 120 days and I totally admit it— I was wrong!
Yes, there was an adjustment period of about two weeks, with the first three days being the hardest. I had to change some of my routines and incorporate food I wasn’t used to eating. However, the first few days also opened my eyes to how “eyeballing” my food, as opposed to weighing and measuring, wasn’t working for me. I was eating way more fat than I realized and nowhere near enough protein.
My aversion to counting macros was primarily stemmed by the thought of having to weigh and measure my food and then figure out the protein, fat and carbohydrate content of that food. While it hasn’t always been convenient to weigh my food, tracking the macronutrient content isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be with the help of an app. I use My Fitness Pal, but there are other options available, including Beyond the Whiteboard.
So here I am, 120 days later and I’m down 8 pounds of fat while maintaining my muscle mass. An eight pound weight loss over the course of four months isn’t dramatic, and to some, it might seem underwhelming. However, I am more than happy with my progress so far. I feel like I have control over my food. I’m not constantly hungry, I’m not preoccupied with food and I don’t feel like I have to give up food I enjoy eating, I just have to plan accordingly. I even stuck with my macros while on vacation in New Orleans and I didn’t feel like I was missing out. More than anything, it allowed my to enjoy a special meal or drink and not turn the weekend into a free-for-all. I don’t think I can say that about any other vacation.
Needless to say, I’m glad I tried something different, even though I was pretty skeptical. If you have questions about counting macros, or nutrition in general, hit me up at the gym, or you can schedule a time to talk here: