This is an omelet I made earlier. Here's what's in it:
- 4 whole eggs
- Bell peppers
- Diced onions
- 2 Aidells chicken sausages
- All cooked in organic virgin coconut oil
It was good. Really good. And here are the macros:
- Protein: No idea
- Fat: A decent amount
- Carbs: Not much
My point? Yes, counting macros can be a valuable process. Especially if you're starting an unfamiliar nutrition plan or if you're a total beginner. But is it the end all be all? Hell no.
I see way too many people freaking out about a few extra grams of carbs or slightly missing their protein requirement. Obsessing over these numbers is the opposite of healthy. Unless I'm in serious prep for a competition or something similar, you won't catch me dead weighing my food, counting my calories, or tracking my macros. For the average person, it's just not necessary.
So what should you do instead?
- Eat Real Food
- This is by far the most important thing that I live by. It's the first thing I tell my clients. Your diet should be made up of meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and earth-grown starches. Anything that lived on, or came from, the ground is real.
- Listen To Your Body
- When you're hungry, eat. When you're not, don't. Pay attention to how you feel when you eat certain foods. Some things may make you feel energized, others may make you feel sluggish. Take note and adjust accordingly.
- Be Practical
- Can a high fat diet be healthy? Definitely. Is eating an entire stick of grass-fed butter in one sitting a good idea? Definitely not. Can a high carb meal help fuel a good workout? Yep. Is eating a big bowl of fettucine alfredo 15 minutes before a workout smart? Contrary to what nutritionists in the '80s believed, nope. Nutrition, at it's core, isn't that complicated. Eat more good stuff, eat less bad stuff. You know what the difference is.