Whether you’re trying to lose weight, bulk up, or improve your overall health through nutrition, macro-tracking diets have become a popular option. You may know them as IIFYM diets, which stands for “if it fits your macros.” In a macro-based diet, foods are broken down into three macronutrient groups: carbs, fat, and protein. You set a target for each macro, based on your fitness goals and a daily caloric budget, and then plan your meals accordingly. The basic idea is that you can eat whatever you like as long as it fits within your macro limits.
Macro-tracking diets rely on the fundamental principle that to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you consume. Because they don’t require you to cut out entire food groups or make drastic changes to your diet, they’re generally a safe and effective option.
Tracking macros can seem intimidating at first, but it’s not as complicated as you might think. In fact, any potential downsides are easy to overcome with the right tools. And it’s worth noting that many of the aspects of macro tracking that people don’t like would be true of almost any diet. For instance:
With so many helpful tools available to supplement and simplify macro tracking, it’s hard to come up with a reason not to try it.
Not only is macro tracking easier than you might think, but it’s also a very safe and effective approach to dieting. Here’s why:
If you’re new to tracking macros, Lifesum can help. Our app includes both a calorie counter and a macronutrient calculator that makes it easy to keep track of your macros. Plus, when you use the Lifesum app, macro tracking will only be one part of your health journey. We offer several tools and features to help you take a balanced, long-term approach to your health and fitness goals.
Macro tracking may not be the right fit for everyone, but it can still be a good tool for weight loss and other fitness goals. Just be sure to pair your macro-based eating plan with basic healthy-eating principles so that you’ll reap the full benefits.
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