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STOP Calorie Counting

DO THIS INSTEAD 

Article by Emily Mobley

Photography by Amanda Donaho

I know I talk about macronutrients all of the time! How to calculate them, watching your macro amounts at meal times, balancing macros throughout the day, etc. But, just a reminder, they are only ONE piece of a huge puzzle!

Remember weight and fat loss are never achieved by just ONE thing. It is a culminating effort of a lot of different areas of your life:

  • What you eat
  • How much you eat
  • Sleep
  • Activity
  • Hydration
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Stress Management
  • Genetics

I urge you to walk away from the mentality of:

I have to hit these numbers perfectly (calories/macronutrients) to see results. 

I say this time and time again to my clients: MACRONUTRIENTS ARE FOR GUIDANCE- NOT THE BIBLE

  • Just because we did not hit our protein goal one day doesn’t mean we failed. 
  • Just because we went over on our calories by 200… doesn't mean we failed.
  • Just because we ate one unbalanced meal doesn’t mean we failed.

We have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. 

I want you to ask yourself:

  • Did I try my best in the scenarios that happened with my day? Did I plan ahead? Did I keep mindfulness around my meals?
  • Did I attempt to include more fruits, vegetables, fiber, protein, healthy fats? And keep the majority of my meals on track?
  • Did I attempt to be more active in my day? 
  • Did I prioritize quality sleep?
  • Did I hydrate well? 

If you can feel confident in the majority of those areas, I think you should pat yourself on the back and give yourself a win! 

Then ask yourself, ‘What could have gone better today? What can I continue to work on?’ 

Next, refine your strategy for the following day to help you feel more confident in your plan. 

The whole point of my blog post today is to basically say: Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket! 

Whether that is hitting your macro goals perfectly, getting the perfect number on the scale, etc. all of this will just lead you in a puddle of guilt and failure and kill your consistency! We know without consistency there are no results! 

Let me know if you have any questions!

-Emily