When it comes to dieting, people tend to overcomplicate things.
How many magazine covers or TV commercials have you seen that advertise the secret to losing weight?
Probably more than you can count…
No, I’m not here to tell you how to skip from a beer belly to washboard abs.
The shortcut doesn’t exist.
But I am here to tell you a simple and realistic way to reach your fitness goals without shaming you for skipping the gym or pressuring you into changing your diet.
Shall we begin?
The key to weight loss is by counting macronutrients.
Stick with me. Don’t let this word scare you away.
Macronutrients, or macros for short, are simply fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
If you can remember these three words and add a few numbers together then you can lose weight.
The reason so many people fail to achieve their fitness goals is because the boundaries they set are unrealistic.
Do you honestly believe that you could limit your diet to nothing but tuna and crackers or kale salad?
Thankfully, you don’t have to.
Losing weight doesn’t have to involve a drastic change to your diet or an intense exercise program.
In fact, you can even keep eating fast food if you’d like.
Like I said, the trick to weight loss is by tracking the macros that you put into your body.
The hardest part is to calculate what these macro numbers are because they’re different for everyone.
Lucky for you, there are plenty of online tools, like the IIFYM calculator, that do the work for you.
The best part is it’s FREE.
Click here to try it yourself.
These programs generate macros by giving you three separate numbers that correspond to the amount of fats, carbs and proteins you can eat per day.
You can eat whatever you’d like. Just make sure you don’t go over these numbers.
If you exceed your macros you’ll gain weight. If you don’t, then you’ll lose weight.
So how do you make sure you stay within these numbers and reach your weight loss goal?
Read nutrition labels. All the information is there for you.
The only requirement from your end is to do some basic math before or after each meal to track fats, carbs and proteins.
If you’re at a restaurant or happen to be eating food that doesn’t have a nutrition label then look it up.
Many restaurants are required to make their nutrition facts available to the public and there are plenty of apps, such as MyFitnessPal, that will find the macros for certain foods without labels.
You wouldn’t guesstimate the ingredients to a baking recipe.
You’d follow the instructions so it turned out EXACTLY like the picture on the box.
So why wouldn’t you treat your body the same way?
If you follow the instructions and add the right amount of ingredients, you will get the desired result.