What are Macros? Macros or Macronutrients are substances we need to thrive and are generally required in large amounts. The human body must have macronutrients to properly function every day. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are a big deal to the human body and understanding why you need them and the proper amounts needed are super important to living a healthy lifestyle!
What is Macro tracking? It’s not a diet or get skinny quick trick, I can promise you that. Macro is a healthy lifestyle, and tracking your macros will keep you in line with eating what your body needs to be it’s healthiest. There are no restrictions on foods with Macro tracking, it is all about counting calories and making sure you eat a certain amount of proteins, carbs & fats.
Tracking macros may sound like another thing to add to your to-do list, but I promise once you have it down it will be like second nature. There are a few items you will need to get in order to track your macros: a food scale, body scale, tape measure, and My Fitness Pal (directions to downloading this are below).
My Fitness Pal is the app I use to track my food and macros. It’s very user friendly and I will walk you through how to set it up.
Step 1 – Download the My Fitness Pal app. Once you’ve download the app, open it up and set up an account. Once your account is set up click on the bottom right hand corner where it says More.
Step 2 – Click on Goals and enter your macro numbers.
Step 3 – Don’t worry about entering your weight, goal weight, and weekly goal because it will then calculate your macros for you and they may not be the same that we came up with. So scroll past that and click on Calories and Macronutrient Goals.
Step 4 – This is where you’ll enter the numbers you have. Put in your customized calories in the top where it says calories. Then click where it says Carbohydrates.
Step 5 – Adjust the percentages of Carbs, Proteins, and Fats until you get as close to your numbers as possible. (A downfall of the free MFP version is you can’t put in your own numbers, but I’ll show you a way around that in a minute) I personally use the premium version but if you would like to use the free version the numbers will not be exact but it will totally still work.
Step 6 – To log your food go back to the home screen and click on Calories Remaining, it’s at the top.
Step 7 – Before we learn how to log your food, click on the top of the screen to see your macros.
Step 8 – Make sure you are in the nutrients tab, not the macros. The only things you are going to worry about here are proteins, carbs, fats, and fibers.
Step 9 – Now go back to your home screen and click on the plus sign in the middle at the bottom of the screen. This is how you will add your food.
Step 10 – Here you can track your food and water intake, but do not use MFP to log your exercise because we have already accounted for that by manually finding your macros.
Step 11 – Click what meal you are logging.
Step 12 – Click in the search bar you can type in your food to search, however, if you have a barcode you can actually scan it. MFP is awesome because they have a database for so many foods, even restaurants.
Step 13 – When you start searching for the food you want to log, it will give you options below. Double check that the one you are selecting is actually what you are eating. When you see a green checkmark by an item that means it is verified right from the manufacturer, so this is always the best option when available. (Once you select food you can click on the item and it will display the macro percentages in it, the serving size and more!)
Yay you have now set up and learned how to log your food with MFP! This will help you so much in your macro lifestyle I promise!