Should You Track Your Macronutrient Intake?

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Should You Track Your Macronutrient Intake?

March 21, 2013

To macro, or not to macro? That is the question I pose.

But first, what does “to macro” mean? “To macro” means tracking the number of grams of proteincarbohydrates, and fats you consume on a particular day. Bodybuilders and physique competitors have mastered this art and have no qualms about whipping out their food scale at any given moment. For the rest of us, it means going out and buying a scale, taking the time to do the measurements and calculations, and perhaps most imposing of all, setting aside the mental bandwidth to actually care about the results.

So should you do it? It depends.

There are benefits and drawbacks to either path. I have tried both, and depending on my fitness goals at the time, I have found success with both. The key is to determine which method best suits you and is the most sustainable. If you’re in a position where you’re not sure whether it’s worth losing sleep over your nutrition intake, allow me to lay it out for you. I’ve sketched a number of possible scenarios below, and your job is to align yourself with the one that best suits you.

Let me remind you, however, that you absolutely must be patient and consistent with whatever path you choose. Flip-flopping back and forth between tracking and not tracking your macros will put you on the fast track to nowhere.

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