Let’s face it: we’ve all spent more than enough time at home over the last 18 months. With the absence of socializing and many of our lives cocooned into smaller-than-desired bubbles, it’s worth taking the time to take your health up another notch.
Why not work on your macros with added precision and spend some of your hard-earned time on yourself? Getting your ideal level of macronutrients requires efficient planning, tracking and consumption of the three categories of macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats.
It’s important that your intake of macros are tailored to your personal exercise plan – so once you know what macros you would like to aim for, you can start planning to make it easy and enjoyable!
Here are some tips to hitting your macros:
1. Meal planning
Ensure you start with the correct groceries – know which foods provide what macros and compile a list that will help you hit your goals!
2. Food preparation
Whether you’re a whizz in the kitchen or you do it out of necessity, ensure the level of preparation required meets your lifestyle and ability.
3. Observe, record and report!
Observe what you are consuming and record it. Having an accurate representation of what you have consumed will help you achieve your macro goals! Report anything important you learn along your journey such as new recipes or foods high in macros you may have trouble hitting.
4. Consider Macro densities of food
Whether you’re struggling to hit macro targets or not, the density of macros in the food you’re consuming is very important. To increase your macro intake without increasing portion sizes, consider preparing more macro dense foods. This will lower your macros while still ensuring your portion size is comfortable.
5. Hit your targets
It is important to hit all three macro targets per day – even if it means going slightly over your daily goal in two areas.
6.Trial and error
It’s more than okay to make mistakes along the way – it’s a great way to learn, so don’t feel broken if things don’t work out the first time. Double down and give it another go.