Do you have to plan all your meals in advance or meal prep? I DON’T want to eat the same thing everyday.
Many people do find it helpful to plan out their entire day in advance. It is a great way to get you acquainted with the macro content of different foods and to have a game plan head of time. Plus...You probably do a fair amount of “meal planning” that you don’t recognize, like planning meals for your family or assembling a grocery list.
We plan dinners for our family & we have go-to’s we can grab from home or when we are out and about. We also like to have washed and cut up veggies and fruit to grab from to save on time and make sure we're eating nutrient-dense foods and not just quick fixes.
We hit a good source of protein at every meal & we eat regular food. Macros is INCLUSIVE eating--there are no “good” or “bad” foods. There are foods that will be more worth it to you than others...and that’s for you to figure out!
They are YOUR macros: so spend them on what matters to you. Meal planning can be as intense or as simple as you want to make it--and we can help you find strategies that will work in your life. Also, if you need help balancing your macros at the end of the day, check our macro-meter post!
I’m overwhelmed, how do I start? Can I figure out my own macro numbers?
It can be daunting to embark on any kind of change...we get it! To start you need to download the My Fitness Pal app, get a food scale, and take your starting weight and measurements. There are a number of online calculators you can use to get your numbers (find one here). Where your macro ratios land depends on your gender, age, lifestyle, activity level, goals, body type and level of commitment!
Enter your numbers into MFP (My Fitness Pal) and start tracking! It can be a bumpy road--but that’s life right? Get started and hit us up with your questions, we are here to help!
So I can’t go out to eat anymore? Or what if I’m invited over for dinner? What do I do!?
HECK YES YOU CAN STILL GO OUT TO EAT! We’ve done the macros on a bunch of different restaurants, you can find them at @butteryourmacros_restaurants. We’ve also written a number of posts with @thatmacromomlife at #thatmacrobutterlife addressing different situations & "Macro Mysteries". If you find yourself staring at something you think is untrackable, just enter it as your best guess. You can still live your life on macros. We sure do!
Most “macro-friendly” foods gross me out and I can’t do weird protein creations. Can I still do macros?
ABSOLUTELY you can still do macros. We are actually not huge fans of many foods touted as macro-manna. We eat regular food WITH our families. There are tweaks you can make to make things friendlier without getting too crazy or compromising taste. Pull back on oil, use zoodles, cut back on cheese, add in extra chicken or whatever protein you’re using. You can make the foods you already love friendlier! We've also found that focusing on what more you can ADD to your diet that would keep you full and feeling good can be more helpful than focusing on what to cut OUT. Like adding more veggies to your lunches or trying out a new veggie for dinner!
I struggle with consistency and resisting food temptation! Is there any hope for me?
Consistency is THE game-maker when it comes to macros or any other eating plan. Having a consistent calorie intake is even more important than hitting your specific macro-nutrient goals. If hitting all 3 of your macros is a struggle, work on hitting your protein and your calorie limit. Pre-logging a macro-cap (a.k.a. a little treat for you at the end of the day) is a great way to stretch out your will power...knowing you have something to look forward to can help you hang on when the afternoons get looooooong. Be good to yourself, reward yourself with non-food items, stay ahead of your hunger so you can make good choices!
I’m afraid to start and fail again at yet another diet. This sounds really hard.
We’re not going to lie--it does take commitment. But understanding macros is understanding how to manage your weight for the rest of your life. No membership fees, no forced meal plans, no mystery super foods. When you know what your fat, carbohydrate, and protein intake should be--you can navigate your own food choices and decide what you want and what is worth it to you.