Counting Your Macros & Calories

Do you have to count your macros and calories?

When it comes to reaching your bodybuilding and fitness goals you absolutely need to follow a well balanced nutrition program. There is just no other way around it. Training and Nutrition are both equally important to your overall results.

Tracking your daily diet, recording your macros, and counting calories is certainly a good thing. When you know exactly how much protein, carbs, fat, and calories you are eating it makes modifying your diet to meet your fitness goals a lot easier.

But do you have to track and record every single meal that you eat – everyday – forever???

Check out the video below to hear my view on counting calories & tracking your macros…

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The biggest draw back with counting your macros and calories is that it’s a pain in the ass to record every morsel of food you eat… Every time you sit down to the table for a meal you need to break out the kitchen scale, measuring cups, calculator, phone app, etc. before you are allowed to eat.

Now if you enjoy doing this, keep doing it, there is absolutely nothing wrong with counting your macros and tracking everything in detail. By doing this you’ll learn A LOT about nutrition and what’s in the food you eat.

Counting Your Macros Is Like Getting A Crash Course Education In Nutrition…

If you have never tracked your nutrition before, than I would highly recommend doing it for at least a few weeks in a row. This will be like getting a crash course education in nutrition because you’ll learn what foods are good sources of protein, carbs, and fat. Plus you’ll learn what quantities of food you need to eat in order to meet your macros and calorie needs.

But once you have a decent grasp on the fundamentals of proper nutrition and settle into a pattern of eating you can actually ease off on the meticulous number crunching (if you want to) and still stick to a solid bodybuilding diet plan.

What usually happens is that a lot of your meals will be similar from day to day. We are creatures of habit and even if you don’t realize it, you tend to do the same things and eat the same foods over and over again. By developing good nutritional habits you can actually make the process of following a proper bodybuilding diet plan easier.

Many people prefer to follow structured meal plan, rather than calculating out every single meal. Granted some days you may eat a little more, and other days you’ll eat a little less, but over time it will usually average out. The most important thing is that you are consistent with your eating and consistent with your training over the long term. Doing that will allow you to move in the right direction towards your fitness goals.

About The Author


Lee Hayward is a former competitive bodybuilder and muscle building coach who has been online coaching people since 1997. His work has been featured in several international magazines such as: FLEX, Muscle Insider, Muscle Mag International, Testosterone, Ironmag, and Forbes. Lee's main focus right now is with helping men over 40 - who don't want to be fat anymore - lose the gut, build muscle, and get back in shape. If you're ready to "Start Again" for the last time and finally build a lean healthy body that you can be proud of, just e-mail Lee to discuss a realistic action plan that's right for you...

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