Have you ever realized how much work it is to drive your vehicle? Especially if you’re going out of town, on a long commute, or traveling out of state. There’s some effort involved in getting from one point to another. You have to watch the gas gauge, find a gas station, and actually get out of the vehicle and pump it. To top it off, you have to then pay for all the inconvenience. It would be easier to never need to fill up, but then, we wouldn’t go anywhere.
The fact of the matter is, of course we need to fill up on gas and track our gas usage. But it isn’t work for us anymore. Most of us have done it for so long that we barely put any mental energy into it. We just do it. But often the idea of doing the same thing with our bodies is often seen as a second job. To track and regulate what we eat (our energy intake) seems like a headache, so we don’t, and we never go anywhere. Just like the person that doesn’t bother to fill up his gas tank.
Not only that (while we’re on this metaphor), when we do decide to fill up, we do so with diesel fuel instead of gasoline. When you mix the wrong fuel with no tracking or regulation whatsoever, the consequences are disastrous.
If you’re going to get from Point A to Point B, it involves a little bit of planning and tracking. The same with our body composition and weight goals. I promise you it isn’t hard! Most of us barely think when we look at the gas gauge and visit the gas station since it’s not a difficult task. It is completely the same with tracking and regulating our energy intake! It isn’t difficult at all, it just requires us to do it, and after awhile it will become second nature.
When people are on the run during a busy day, or they come home tired at night, they don’t want to analyze what to eat or track anything. They want something quick, easy, and hopefully somewhat healthy. Therein is the problem, not macro tracking. It’s not the car’s fault if you’re on the side of the road and out of gas. If you make it unnecessarily difficult for yourself by failing to plan or prepare meals, you’ll succumb to convenience, but that convenience comes with a price of taking you away from your goal.
In order to lose fat, you must burn more energy than you take in. Eat too many calories, and your body has no incentive to burn it off. If you eat too little, you can’t get the fuel you need for muscle growth. When you track your macronutrients (based on your goals), you can be assured you’re getting the optimal fuel and calories you need that day.
Start With This:
1. Pre-plan your day – Take 10 minutes every day to plan out the following day’s meals. Write it down.
2. Get familiar with nutrition labels – Although MyFitnessPal is a great tool, it is not always 100% accurate. Verify what you are eating against what you are logging.
3. Weigh everything – even your condiments (peanut butter, ketchup, etc.). You do not need to weigh food such as bread, eggs, or foods like yogurt that come in a single-serving container.
That’s a pretty easy list to do daily. Where are you on this path to tracking? Do you view it just as importantly as tracking your budget and filling up your gas tank? Or is it the bottom of your priority list? Take a look at what you need to focus this weekend, and if necessary, re-prioritize yourself. Because your body composition goals are just as important as the rest.
For Monday’s post, I’ll be listing easy ways you can get started add more macro tracking in your life. Stay tuned! 🙂