My latest article was just published over at DrJohnRusin.com, and it is one that I am very honored and proud to have written for him and his team.
Those of you who know me or work with me might find yourselves scratching your heads a bit though, saying “Mike, I thought you were a fan of macro tracking?”
Yes – I am, to an extent, and as one of many tools that can be used.
As stated in the article,
Tracking macros can be a great tool. It is one of many tools that can help to fix a broken relationship with food and to improve one’s health. But like any other tool, you shouldn’t have to keep using it for a lifetime.
Initially, tracking food intake either with a basic food journal or macros tracking can be used to determine an objective and reliable starting point. It is a great way to learn about what food contribute to carbs, proteins, and fats. Macro tracking is also a great way to see how quickly calorie dense options can add up, or how a few little bites here and there throughout the day can add up to be more calories than a meal.
Over the course of tracking macros, one must learn and soak up this information, with the eventual intent on building off of it and creating a plan that is truly sustainable for a lifetime, without having to rely on your food scale and an app on your phone to log every single thing. This is why macro tracking is not a “diet” but rather a form of lifestyle education.
Read more to see where it goes wrong, and how one should expect to function, work, and thrive for a lifetime without tracking your food every single bite!
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Stay healthy my friends,