Yes, yes, the good old ‘track your food to get results’ broken record I hear you say 😀 And I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that it is absolutely necessary to track your food in some way, to achieve optimal body-composition results! What do I mean by body-composition? Essentially sculpting. I assume you would like to achieve a toned look with low body fat, sexy lines on your stomach and a peachy bum. Or do you want to be skinny-fat? That won’t require any tracking or workout program. Just eat as little as possible and run as much as possible for as long as possible. BUT, if you want to sculpt curves in the right places (apart from boobs, sorry ladies, surgery is the only way atm), have a healthy glow, progress at the gym and become a happier and more confident self, and you want to achieve these results in the shortest time possible, then you need to start tracking.
The good news is, tracking is not as hard and time consuming as a lot of you think it is. And for anybody who had any experience in counting calories, it’s even easier. Here’s what I mean: I don’t want you to weigh everything to a mg and be bamboozled about macro ratios (protein to carbs to fat ratios). There is a much easier way to do it and that is………………………………..only track your calories and protein!
Why’s that? Well assuming your goal is losing body fat and retaining muscle, you need that protein from food to keep that muscle alive in the deficit, you also need a good workout program to give those muscles a reason to stay, but that’s a different topic. And you need that calorie deficit if you want to lose fat. These two (calorie deficit and high protein) have to go hand in hand consistently for several months for you to see any visible changes. Playing it by ear for months, EVERY DAY, is not realistic and will likely result in your body reverting to it’s old habits and set body-weight, because our body doesn’t like change.
What about fats and carbs you’d ask. Well, if you keeping your protein high (aim for 0.8-1g per 1lb of bodyweight, unless you are overweight, then aim for 1g per 1lb of desired bodyweight) and calories in check, then the carbs and fats will align themselves according to your food preferences. If you’re eating meat, eggs or cheese as your primary protein source, you’ll get plenty of fats in and you’d probably also have fruit and veg, pasta, bread etc. so that’s your carbs.
I hope now you can see why tracking is so important and that it doesn’t have to be as complicated as some people make it.
Hope it all makes more sense to you now and you can start tracking with a greater ease and smashing your goals! If you have any questions at all, please drop a comment below or shoot me an email 😉