You don’t have to go on a juice cleanse or try to obey impossible-to-follow diets to lose weight. By learning to track your macronutrient intake, in addition to your workout routine, you can devise a way to eat the foods you love in a way that will help you achieve the weight loss or weight gain you want.
Carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber are the four macronutrients you consume on a daily basis. Depending on whether your goal is to bulk up or cut weight will determine how much of each macronutrient you should consume.
In order to accurately calculate how much of each macronutrient you should have a day, you need to take your gender, age, height and weight into account. It is also important to include how often you work out every week so that the diet can tweak your calorie intake accordingly.
This might sound complicated, but there are many websites that allow you to easily input your information and will calculate your macros for you. Generally, you should have a gram of protein per pound of body weight. Other macronutrients — like carbohydrates, fiber and fat — depend on your goals and the frequency at which you work out.
Tracking your macronutrients can be simply done with a food scale or by searching the nutritional value of some of the foods you like. By tracking your macros, you can simply tweak the meals you eat now in a way that will achieve your goals, feeling less like a diet and more like a lifestyle.