Updated: Feb 25, 2019
Calorie counting has always been a staple in dieting. And it works. Most of us know that more calories burned than calories consumed is the only way to lose weight. However, the act of counting those calories is merely subjective.
What are Macros (Macro-nutrients)?
Marcros are the main nutrient categories that make up the food we eat. Macros are split up into 3 categories: Fats, Carbohydrates and Proteins.
Although both macros and calories are counted somewhat similarly, both being based on age, weight and gender, macro counting goes deeper into where the calories are coming from by converting the number of proteins, carbs and fats that one is allowed, into grams. Thus, making it easier to achieve a well balanced diet. To better count your macros, it is recommended one use a food scale.
The main difference between counting calories and counting macros is literally the counting process and the food being consumed. Calorie counting is simple and straight forward for the average person. However, if you want to go deeper into how your foods are affecting you and if you have a little extra time to weigh your food, macro counting is the way to go as it is more precise.
Which is right for you?
Counting calories is easiest. Perfect for the average joe. If that is you, know where your calories are coming from. Fresh/homemade foods, lean meats, fruits and veggies should be a staple in your diet and will keep you fuller longer than a greasy fast food burger. Counting macros is not for the average Joe. Weighing your meals individually is not quick, but over time, you will be able to eyeball a 4oz piece of chicken breast in the snap of a finger.
Remember, its not all about counting calories/macros. Balancing a healthy diet and mindset, incorporated with exercise is the best way to have a healthy lifestyle and makes it easier to reach your fitness goals.
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