When I first started coaching, I used to let clients pick their diet plan.
I don’t do that anymore.
As, I’ve grown my practice and knowledge as a coach, I know now more than ever that when people come to me, they want results because they are tired of screwing around on their own getting nowhere.
So today I wanted to share with you why I recommend my clients track macros and why you should too if you want to start getting results.
First, in order to lose weight, you have to be in a caloric deficit, so that means you need to eat less than you burn. So whatever eating style you prefer is fine, but you still have to be in a deficit.
You want to eat low carb? Fine, but you still need to eat in a deficit.
“But when I cut carbs before, I lost a lot of weight really quickly“, you may protest.
I get it, but when you started eating carbs again, did you gain a lot of weight really quickly, too?
So if you want results for good, not just results for now, then stick with me here.
In order to make sure my clients are in a deficit, I teach an approach in my program called flexible dieting, where my clients learn how to track macros.
What’s a macro?
A macro is short for a macronutrient. We have 3 major macronutrients that you have probably heard of: proteins, carbs and fats.
When I work with clients I have them track macros, not calories, because tracking macros helps them incorporate a variety of balanced foods in their that are both nutrient dense and enjoyable.
Secondly, in order to get results, after being in a deficit, you have to be compliant. You have to be able to actually stick with the plan that you’re on.
So while eating low carbs may get you results temporarily, what do you do when you are at a party, or when you don’t feel well, or during the holidays?
Maybe you get really great at mastering the art of baking with almond flour for a period of time, but in my experience, most people eventually break down, binge, and wind up yo-yoing because they can’t stick with it long-term.
Whatever method you choose has to be sustainable, so you can adhere to it long enough to actually get results and keep them without rebounding.
Finally, you need be able to look at the data.
I’m all about the nerdery and science of weight loss, which is why my clients learn how to track macros. If they are being compliant with their tracking, and hit a plateau, then I know it’s time to tighten the reins a bit, and if they get to their goal, then it’s time to add food.
Some people may feel they can do this intuitively, and to them I would say– good for you.
But, I find that most people grossly underestimate the amount of food they eat in a day, and find it shocking to learn how much they are actually eating.
By tracking macros, you eliminate the drama, the guessing and the confusion, and you get down to the facts: you either do it or you don’t– like being pregnant, you either are or you aren’t.
So if you’ve been a diet hopper and are wondering what you need to do to get results, and you are truly committed to making a change in your life, then what are you waiting for?
You can start on your own by downloading My Fitness Pal, which is a free app for macro tracking.
If you are struggling to make progress on your own, then click here to schedule a free 30 minute solution session with me.
I work with women 1:1 to get weight loss results FOR GOOD!
If you’re ready to get off the dieting roller coaster, and make progress, then today can be your day of change.
Just make the decision and take the next step forward.
Have a great day!