A digital food scale can help weigh portions of vegetables and meat. This is because their nutritional information is connected to the weight of the food.
Planning food ahead of time allows you to distribute your macros throughout the day. This is in contrast with just winging it, which might leave you with fewer choices by the end of the day. Once you’ve hit your fat and carbohydrate macro requirements for the day, that just leaves you with protein, leaving less choices as the day ends.
Goals to achieve when counting macros
Perhaps the biggest promise that counting macros offers is that you can eat any food you want with no restrictions. While other diets list food that is off-limits and create a caloric deficit in the process, that sometimes results in people wanting the forbidden food more. What follows is craving, blaming yourself for a lack of self-control, and giving up on the diet altogether.
When counting macros, you make your own decisions about what you want to eat and what you want to give up. An argument for the macro counting diet is that it is the one diet you don’t have to cheat on to have a treat. That’s because treats are always there for you to eat.
This does not mean, however, that you should splurge on junk food. Advocates of counting macros apparently still encourage consuming 80-85% of one’s diet being comprised of healthy food. That means 15-20% as allowable junk food.
Flexible dieters should also be mindful of their fiber intake. This helps ensure that they are eating enough healthy foods. Vegetables have such a large volume to calorie ratio, which means you can eat a lot with little risk of consuming extra calories. As with any diet, consistency and sticking to what the diet prescribes is key.
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