Why Should I Count My Macros? - Ollie Matthews

What’s the benefit of counting your macros?

This is very different to just counting calories or simply ‘watching what you eat’. Counting your macros will help you achieve healthy fat loss. This is different to simply counting calories as it can help achieve ‘quality’ weight loss. Of course you can focus on burning calories and lose weight, but that can often lead to fat and muscle loss. For example, a calorie deficient, protein deficient diet can lead to muscle loss. Lack of fats can negatively affect hormones, which can then affect weight loss. Carbs are so vital for energy and performance during training or an event, so an inadequate amount can lead to setbacks.

Simply aiming to lose weight is not a good enough goal if you’re considering counting your macros. As I hope I’ve already highlighted in the previous article, counting your macros is many levels higher than that. This requires more commitment. It requires a goal, plan and timeframes to work in. You can also look into carb cycling as this is a way to set a timeframe to count your macros and help you achieve your goal.

If your aim is to lose 2 pounds a week for 12 weeks, you can certainly plan to do that healthily by carb cycling and counting your macros. I’ll explain more about that in the next article.

So to summarise what I’ve covered already, counting your macros will help you work towards a deadline – in this case to drop 2 pounds a week for 12 weeks. It will help you establish better body patterns and avoid random cravings for sugar, salt or other foods. It will help you feel in control of your body, your diet and your mood. Another major benefit is that it will massively help increase your knowledge of foods and what you’re eating. That will happen as a pretty awesome consequence to your efforts and commitment to your diet. I hope this has helped you understand macros and the benefits of counting them. My next article is on carb cycling and how this can help you achieve your goal of losing 2 pounds a week. Feel free to get in touch and let me know your progress.

Consistency and discipline

Your diet will help you achieve your goals of building muscle and strength if you are willing to commit to it. To reap the benefits and actually start achieving your goals you must be willing to make these lifestyle changes. Eating correctly to support your training is a discipline.

How serious are you about building muscle and strength?

The results you get will be based on the effort you put in. There is no quick fix and there is no ‘one size fits all’. By investing the time and effort you will be successful with building muscle and strength.

So you now know why your diet is so crucial to building muscle and strength. Let me finish this article by giving you an example meal plan for one day. This could be used alongside a training plan where the goal is to build muscle and strength.  Following on from this article it is based on including a good balance of protein, carbs and fats. This is based on a 200lb person training.

As always please get in touch on twitter @OJayPT instagram @OJay1986 and on my website www.bodycatchers.com

About the Author

From working with people that are complete amateur gym goers, all the way to top level professional athletes in both the physique and endurance world, a name has been developed; Ollie Matthews. A strong following on social media has allowed Ollie to spread the word through his performance nutrition and coaching business. Recently Ollie has worked with professional triathletes, even having three clients win an Ironman distance event on the same day. Having developed a name for himself in the fitness and endurance world, Ollie is now pushing his body to the limits not just wanting to look good but focusing on performance too, really pushing the endurance levels and has just started his journey into powerlifting too. Ollie Matthews is a sponsored nutritionist for Protein Dynamix and owner of BodyCatchers Performance Nutrition alongside one of the expert coaches on Complete Human Performance who combine different training styles with Hybrid Training
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