Eudaimonia #28 – A macronutrient followed life is an aware life
Let’s talk macronutrients (aka macros). You know those pesky little molecules that help keep our bodies going. If you follow your macros to a “T” you will see amazing results, at least this is what I’m expecting. If you don’t know your macro numbers, and you’re trying to lose weight, then you may not be eating as healthy as you think.
I’ve never had to do so much research and math in my life before eating a meal, but now that I know the macros to follow for a Keto plan I have to say I have seen the light. While I wasn’t following a Keto plan before, I still thought I was eating pretty clean, while wondering why the weight wasn’t falling off with all the projects I’ve been doing around the house. I lost some weight, but not as much as I expected. I was more active, and I wasn’t eating potato chips every night, drinking soda pop during the day, or indulging in sweets during special events. No. I wasn’t perfect, but I was no way near eating stupid crap I was eight months ago.
So what gives? It turns out there is a whole other level to tailoring your body to burn off fat, and it’s called going crazy with numbers. No, seriously, tracking macros is a fantastic tool to understand the building blocks of foods you are putting into your mouth no matter what eating plan you follow. I remember tracking my macros back in the early ’90s before it was even popular and before the beautiful advancements of smartphones with handy little apps that make tracking macros SO MUCH EASIER! Really, with the MyFitnessPal app, it is so easy to find and tag food to build your macro-enabled menu!
The first day of tracking my macros was more of a disaster, as I was new to the whole process, and I had just bought some food that didn’t fit the Keto plan and decided to get rid of the temptation by eating it on the first day. I know, not the best approach but what’s done is done. I figured I would improve as the week progressed and that’s exactly what happened.
After a Costco run Monday night, that prompted me to buy all the protein they were selling (not really but close), I was more prepared for the rest of the week. Day two was better but I was still high on fat and carbs and under on protein, which is the most important part of a Keto plan. Then day three came, and I nailed it. Carb 68g (max 75g), fat 123.5g (120g), protein 128.8 (130g).
Oh, now the game is on. I’m addicted to figuring out what foods to eat to hit my numbers each day.
The best part is I’ve yet to feel hungry, but I think I had a touch of the Keto Flu yesterday, as I was exhausted all day. I mean even though I haven’t hit my keto numbers on the first two days I DID reduce my carbs by a whole bunch, so maybe that had something to do with my energy slump.
Day four and my energy returned to complete my “summer challenge cardio circuit” day and Cto5K running plan. Now, this was a lot of cardio, but I pushed through and got it done with some modifications to the Cto5K, completing five out of the six 90 second runs since I ran a whole bunch in the cardio cricut right before.
Of course, I want to see immediate results, but we all know it doesn’t work that way. If it were easy to drop the weight as it is to gain it, then obesity wouldn’t be an issue in this country. The reason why it’s so hard to lose weight is that your body isn’t being flooded with sugary carbs, sweets, and all manner of addictive foods that trick our brains into wanting more, and leaves us in a foggy, false happy state. It has been studied that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine.
As with any rehab, you go through withdrawal, which is painful, sweaty, hard, challenging, and on some days unbearable. Changing over to a healthy lifestyle is on par with a type of rehab. Your body will hurt, you will sweat, and you will want to quit, but you won’t!
Because what is waiting on the other side of all the pain and sweat is an awakened healthier, stronger, more beautiful you! And I can’t wait to see the results!