ITS ALL ABOUT MACROS

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We all hear the new thing “do you count your macros”?  yes, yes.  The wonderful life of Macros.  The correct term is macronutrients… But what does it mean?

Let me tell you.  This has changed my life.  It is really a wonderful life counting them.

Way back 6 Years ago, I started living a healthier lifestyle.  I counted my calories and ate whole grains, veggies, protein, what I do now, but guess how many calories I ate??

1,200!  Yikes.  That must have sucked right?  Well, I lost 20lbs doing it and I felt good, but I was starving my ass off.

I did this for about 2 years.  I know, way long.  I did enjoy my weekends though.

It worked but I wasn’t enjoying food as much, and definitely wasn’t as toned.

Then I was introduced to counting Macros.  

Now I eat a lot more calories, and look and feel better.  

I never ever knew how important it was to get the right calories.

NOT saying that eating 1,200 calories is a bad thing to whoever wants to do it, but getting the right calorie is SO important, and here is what I mean.

So there are 4 calories per gram in protein, 9 calories per gram in fats, and 4 calories per gram in carbs.

I recommend you eat 1 gram of protein per body weight, 1.5 in carbs, and .5 in fats. 

Using good fats such as the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, along with omega three essential fatty acids, is an important way to improve health and reduce disease, while helping you sculpt the body you want.  Bad fats such as saturated, trans and cholesterol types can cause major health problems. 

Healthy fats are Avocado, Eggs, Peanut and Almond Butter, and Salmon.

Carbohydrates such as whole grains, quinoa, oatmeal, and whole wheat breads are a good energy source.  We need good carbs in order to function properly.  

Also, Vegetables and Fruit are a great way to get your carbs, and I highly recommend you eat at least 3 different vegetables a day, or just the same one 3 times a day.

They’re SO good for you skin, hair, nails and overall health.

Protein is the main building blocks of the body.  They’re used to make muscles, tendons and skin. So this means, if you want to build lean muscle, you need lots of protein.

You don’t need to eat 30lbs of chicken to do that.  There are eggs, protein powders, and protein bars.

ONE BARS are my favorite. LOVE the chocolate brownie, and that is about it. Whey Chocolate Protien, with a scoop of peanut butter is heaven.

 

Let me know if you have any questions about this, love to hear your feedback and opinions.  

Does anyone else count their macros?  Whats your favorite way to get protein?

Going to go enjoy some Arctic Zero Cookie Shake with a little light whip on top now, chat with you later 🙂

xox,

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13 comments on “ITS ALL ABOUT MACROS

  1. Just started! Would lovvve more posts on this and maybe a day of what you eat:). The grams of each macro you recommended is that for losing weight or maintenance? Also did you have to slowly increase from the 1200 calories you were eating before or did you jump right up to your new numbers? Thanks!!!!

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  2. I have heard lots about counting macros lately! Mostly from people who lift heavy and workout a ton–is this still a good routine to follow if you are lightly active?

    Also–how do you start lifting heavier weights? No idea where to start.

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    • Hi Lexie! Anyone can count there macros, in fact I would recommend trying it out. I helps you learn whats in what and what to stay away from.
      With lifting heavier, start by lifting what you can and slowly progressing every 4-6 weeks I would say. You don’t need to lift super heavy to get lean muscle. Start slow and eventually you will be able to lift more and more as your muscle build and get stronger. Let me know if you have anymore questions! xoxo

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  3. I love macro counting too. I love protien pancakes and cottage cheese not together 😉! I have always been active and eat pretty healthy but have never seen definition like I do now! I love your blog. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  4. About how many calories do you think you eat now? I need to lose about 10 pounds and can not get it off, not sure if my calories are too high or if they are too low and I’m storing fat?

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    • Hey Alysa, so I eat around 1,600-1,700. I am just maintaining my weight now, but 1,500-1,600 is something I would recommend if you want to lose 10 lbs. Let me know if you have more questions! xox

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  5. I love following you, so inspiring!!! Please keep posting about your nutrition. 2 questions, 1st how many calories were you intaking when you lost the baby weight? And 2nd on my fitness pal what do you put your macros at as far as the percentage for each macro?

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  6. Hi Lynn! I started following you some time after you had a baby and watched you transform your body. You look incredible! Amazing job on earning that body! I am trying to build some muscle (specifically glutes, tone arms and see through that six-pack). I have pretty low body fat. I used an app to see approximately how many calories I’m getting and it included macros. Without trying, I was eating under 1,000 calories a day (around 7–800). I’m 5.3 and weigh 100. I think my preferred caloric goal was supposed to be 1,800 but I couldn’t really reach that unless i was having more bacon or potatoes 😛
    I do some high intensity workouts at home, but recently finally got back to hitting the gym and weights. Would love your input on my caloric intake and how to lean out and build more muscle! I know protein is the way to go and I’m trying to reach my goal daily but what about my daily intake?

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    • Hey Girl! Thank you so much for your support and sweet comments.
      I 100% would recommend eating more for sure! I am 5’7, and weigh 126 and I eat 1900 calories a day easy. My body just burns and burns through them from doing macros for so long! Thats the beauty of macros.

      So If you’re wanting to tone up, I would recommend using the iifym.com calculator. I don’t know how active you are, or what you are burning in a day. But that should tell you! I don’t want to give you a number because I don’t know those things. But your body needs more food then 1000 calories. Especially if you want muscle!

      To give you an idea. I work out every day and have a busy toddler. I burn through 2200 calories in a 24 hour period. I eat 1900-2000 a day. 130 protein, 190-200 carbs, 50-60 fats.
      I started out at 1700 calories, 120 protein, 45 fats, 130 carbs.

      Please let me know if you have anymore questions at all! So happy to chat with you about it. You can email me at lovebylynn@gmail.com.

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