Hi all! I want to take a second to talk about my trail I’ll be doing for the rest of this week in regards to my eating and tracking habits.
Many of you saw my Instagram stories and post yesterday about my struggles with macro tracking. I’ve been trying to track macros for quite a while now. There are a number of calculators out there that can help you determine your macros (just google keto calculator and you’ll find one!).
One real problem I have with these calculators is the “exercise” portion of the nutrition calculation. All of the calculators tell you to pick your activity level, some based off of the whole day, some based off of just your exercise routine. To add to the confusion, there are Youtube, Instagram, and Reddit users who just say to completely ignore that section and go for the lowest calorie option. I want to be clear here– this is where I struggled the most.
When I figured out my macros without exercise (1200 calories) it felt too low for my gym workouts. However, when I included exercise (1900 calories) it felt like there was no way to lose weight eating that much! Also, I should let you know that I have a slightly obsessive personality. If my macros weren’t nearly perfect, it would drive me crazy. I’d spend hours working and reworking my macros until it fit seamlessly.
I think the biggest sign that I needed a wake up call was that I was no longer eating intuitively. I was eating because I had to eat my macros. If I didn’t eat every single gram of macro today, I’d be starving tomorrow– and my obsessive personality wouldn’t let me go over my macros for the day. So in short, not eating all my macros in a day just wasn’t an option. I found myself eating even when I wasn’t hungry, just because I “Had to”.
To sum it all up, I still have 40 pounds to lose, I haven’t lost any weight since June (not kidding), and macros clearly aren’t working for me. What was supposed to help guide me to losing my last 40 pounds turned into something stressful, counter intuitive, and just not working.
The new plan
After reflecting on what got me 50 + pounds down, I realized that counting total carbs and eating intuitively was more my thing. I didn’t like the idea of eating just because I had macros to use. I just have this feeling my body is so much smarter than that. When I first started keto, I only tracked total carbs. Not fat. Not protein. No calories. I just eyeballed everything and was under approximately 20 g total carb a day. The problem with not tracking anything at all, was that looking back on how much or what I was eating then became impossible.
So the happy medium for me is: eating intuitively, logging only my total carbs in my bullet journal for the week, and then at the end of the week logging all my food in my fitness pal. Doing this allows me to keep track of my food daily via total carb (while not getting stressed with the numbers), and still get an idea of where I am fat/protein wise for analysis for the week.
I also made some bullet Journal/Planner stickers for sale on my etsy— and I plan to use these to track my days as well.
Heres an example of most of my day 1
On Sunday of this week, I plan to log all my food into my fitness pal. I also plan on reviewing my weight loss for the week and determine if this is a successful approach for me.
Do you track macros or follow intuitive eating? Comment below!