Understanding how many calories you can eat is just as important and knowing what foods to eat. This is because weight loss is a balancing act of getting adequate nutrition, energy, and fullness, all while maintaining a caloric deficit.
In the nutrition world tracking macros are one of the main pillars of losing weight and staying healthy. Short for Macronutrients, macros are the main nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) that provide the body with the energy needed to think, move, and re-build muscle. Tracking the quantity of each macros you eat can help you make smart, healthy food choices. It’s essentially counting calories in a more specific way.
When you are losing weight and gaining muscle, apps like MyFitnessPal are invaluable nutritional tracking tools. Apps such as these can help you track your calories, plan your meals, and bring consistency back into your dieting life. Over time, this awareness not only helps you stay on track, but teaches you better estimation skills for the future.
As a nutritionist, I get to help individuals lead happier, healthier lives. For many of the clients I see, this usually involves some amount of weight loss.
Weight loss is a tough subject, especially for women. Part of this is due to the innumerable responsibilities we have on a daily basis. The other part is due to spending a lifetime being told our appearance must look a certain way to be attractive. As such, most women I work with have already gone on the fad diet rollercoaster several times before finally getting professional help.
By this point, almost everyone has heard a little bit about the benefits of protein.
There is good reason for this: more than any other nutrient, protein is what helps fuel every system in our bodies. In fact, the right amount of protein helps build lean muscle, lose fat, and even keep our hair healthy.