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Should we count calories or macros?

12 Count calories or macros

So many guys and girls get stressed counting calories or points, most people on the fitness industry are more interested on calories and that´s all they talk about, if we focus on nutrients, then macros are more important.

Counting calories is not the best option for any fitness goal, not all calories are created equal and each macronutrient has its function on your body even when they are all healthy options, it´s not the same to have some meat than to have rice or almonds, if you count calories you can´t have complete control of what you eat and what your body does.

Each macronutrient has its own functions which in conjunction helps our body to work and perform the best way possible. If you understand the job of each macronutrient, how you can manipulate them and how to set macronutrient ratios correctly you´ll see that it´s more important to set macronutrient ratios than to count calories.

If you only focus on counting calories your diet may not be adequate for you, if you are insulin resistant and you are only counting calories, your diet may be high in carbohydrates which can worsen insulin and make it harder to lose fat, if you are insulin sensitive and are very active you may need more energy at certain meals, just by counting calories you may be eating less carbohydrates than you need on the meals that are needed.

When you focus on calories you are restricting yourself and not paying attention to what´s more important, to how things work and how your body responds to different macronutrients, at the end of the day macronutrients are the ones that get the job done, if you just focus on calories you will plateau even if you keep adjusting calories, focusing on macros give you the chance to adjust your macronutrient ratios as you progress without hitting plateaus and you are making sure that your body gets everything it needs to work efficiently and to get you where you want.

Focusing on macros and setting macronutrients is a more advanced level compare to just counting calories but is the right thing to do. You need to understand how each macronutrient works, have a clear goal and be able to measure your progress, protein is needed to repair and build tissue, also for hair, nails; fats are needed for energy, cells and hormonal function, carbohydrates are needed for energy. This are the basic functions of each macronutrient explained in a simple way.

To set your macronutrient ratios you need to consider your daily activities and workout, if you have a 9 to 5 job where you spend most of the time sitting in front of a computer you don´t need a lot of carbohydrates compared to someone with a more active job.

We need to focus on health and from this stand point counting and setting macro nutrient ratios is more important than counting calories and it´s not that hard to do, you need to have a clear idea of what you are eating and the amount of food you are eating, then you need to know how much you really need so you´ll need to read labels and use tools like portion control for a period of time until you get used to how things look like, once you have an idea you don´t need to be measuring and counting everything.

Life is to enjoy it not to spend most of our time focusing on training and food, do not let you life revolves on counting food and the gym, do not get obsessed with it, you need to be more discipline at the beginning to develop good habits and to know what you are doing then you can have a lot more freedom. It´s easy to count macros, portion control gives you a clear idea of how much you are eating and it´ll makes your life easier, it´s more important to focus on the nutrients your body needs and the times it needs them.

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