Macro Magic: Counting Macros using MyFitnessPal – A Beginner's Guide

Macro Magic: Counting Macros using MyFitnessPal – A Beginner's Guide

So, you're new to counting macros or you are still trying to get the hang of it, but the whole thing seems like a cryptic code reserved for fitness gurus? Fear not, this is your decoder ring, breaking down the world of macros and how to use MyFitnessPal, our go-to macro-tracking tool.

What are macros?

Macronutrients, or macros for short, are the big three: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. They're the building blocks of our diet that provide energy to fuel our

bodies' functions. Counting macros involves setting specific daily targets for each macro group, and then tracking your intake through food logging.

Why count macros?

Macro tracking offers several benefits:

  • Precise nutrition control: It allows you to tailor your diet to your specific goals, whether it's building muscle, losing fat, or improving athletic performance.
  • Flexibility and freedom: Unlike restrictive diets, macro counting lets you choose your own foods, as long as they fit your macro targets.
  • Increased awareness: You become more mindful of what you're eating and learn to make informed food choices.

MyFitnessPal: Your Macro Counting tool! 

MyFitnessPal is a free app (with a premium option) that makes macro counting a breeze. Here's how to get started:

  • Set your goals: Your coach will go in and set your exact macro go
    als (carbs, fats and protein) so that you can plug in your food based on those daily goals. 
  • Build your food library: Search for foods you eat regularly or scan barcodes to add them to your library. MyFitnessPal will automatically display their macro breakdown.
  • Track your meals: Log your meals and snacks throughout the day, specifying portion sizes in grams or ounces for greater accuracy. MyFitnessPal will track your macro intake in real-time, showing you how much you've consumed of each macronutrient and how much you have remaining.
  • Stay on track: MyFitnessPal offers various features to keep you motivated, like progress reports, challenges, and a supportive community.

Tips for Macro Counting Success:

  • Start slow: Don't overwhelm yourself with strict rules. Begin by simply tracking your macros for a week to get a feel for your baseline intake and consistency tracking.
  • Focus on whole foods: Prioritize nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.
  • Get creative: Experiment with different food sources to see what works best for you and allows you to reach your macro goals - make it FUN!
  • Plan ahead: Plan meals out in advance, set a day of the week to meal prep, search macro friendly recipes, etc
  • Don't stress about perfection: Aim for consistency, not perfection. Occasional slip-ups are normal, just get back on track the next day.

Remember, macro counting is a tool, not a dogma. Use it to learn about your eating habits, make informed choices, and ultimately reach your health and fitness goals. FitBody Fusion is here to provide support for you - let us know how we can help you grow!

Don’t forget to join the FitBody Fusion Facebook Group if you are a current FBF member, where you can ask questions, exchange meal ideas, and lean on teammates! 

Happy macro counting!