Do you track? Tracking your caloric and/or macro’s can be a powerful tool, one that we advocate.
When it comes to living flexibly there are a number of ways we can do things. Often people will track their macro’s (protein, carbs and fats) to follow their diet. But trying to hit these exactly can be very tedious and stressful. If you have tracked your macro’s I am sure you have had a time where you were like “Man, I only have carbs left. I can’t eat ANY fats or protein.” Then if your like me, you opened a bag of candy because sugar has no fat or protein 😉 But thanks to the lovely folks at L2 (me) you know better. I’ve infused you with so much knowledge that you know that your caloric intake is the main driver of your progress. So stop this obsessive madness!
Do we need to nail our macros down to the gram? Are you competing in a bodybuilding competition in the next couple weeks? Then absolutely not.
If you are following a plan with an outline of your protein, carbs and fats. Think about using ranges. Rather than thinking you need to nail your macros down to the gram, give yourself a little wiggle room. Think of a range, plus or minus 10-15 grams.
We can think of:
Doesn’t that seem more do-able? I thought so.
We know that our caloric intake is king. Let’s give our calories a range as well. I typically like a range or plus or minus 100 kcal.
Instead of 2500 kcal, think of 2400-2600 kcal.
We are adding in flexibility. This can help with the psychological stress of it as well. “I’ve had 2450 calories I can’t have that cookie, it will put me over.” Give yourself that range and that added flexibility. Eat the damn cookie! Food labels have a margin of inaccuracy so why should we worry about accuracy to the calorie or gram if the labels aren’t?
Consistency wins the race. Consistently stay on plan. Rather then inconsistently be 100% accurate.
Stay tuned for my follow up article on if we even need to monitor carbs and fats! … Gasp … We typically work with calorie and protein ranges and let the carbs and fats fall where they may.
PS: I eventually want you to reach a point where you’ve learned so much that you longer need to track.