Updated: Dec 21, 2019
The diet culture that we are living in encourages us to count our calories and macronutrients in order to successfully achieve best performance, energy, recovery, muscle building, and overall health.
Trainers, coaches, family, friends and even strangers will tell you that if your'e not counting them, adding up your total for the day, and including every ounce, then you're not doing it right.
They will let you believe that this is the only way to succeed in your goals.
This is very untrue
Most often, I see weightlifters using an app to track their macronutrients and sometimes even micronutrient intake. This can be a great tool to help track intake.
This can also be a great tool for disaster. Most believe that counting macros is the only, or best way to track your nutrition on a meal to meal basis.
But I am a dietitian. Don’t I care about macro and micronutrients, calories, portion control, etc….?
The answer is yes and no
Yes, I absolutely care about your macronutrient intake along with your MICRONUTRIENT intake. (Which is often forgotten, but so important by the way.)
The more important answer is NO because I do not want you to obsess over your caloric intake, or portion control.
As a weightlifter, you are putting enough time and stress in your training sessions and everything else in life.
Another words, I don’t want “perfect” nutrition to consume you and cause extra unnecessary stress.
This is not the only way, and it is certainly not a sustainable way to live the rest of your life.
Many lifters fail to continue on with this method because when they can not bring their scale everywhere, or... I don't know... Have a life. Maybe have a family. Maybe do things, go out of town every now and then, like going to restaurants, order take out every now and then, are not going to weigh their cake at a birthday party.
I have found that not obsessing over the exact macronutrients and prioritizing balanced meals according to the intensity of your training is the most useful for weightlifters to track their meals without the extra stress of tracking everything.
What does this mean? Simple, your plate should consist of at least 4 different foods. There should be all three macronutrients in most meals.
This also enforces micronutrients that you may be lacking because of the variety of foods it encourages.
A variety and balance should be the goal. All foods serve a purpose and you have enough to stress about. Let's not count every piece of whatever that makes it to your mouth and actually enjoy your meal.
For more information on how we ensure you are getting enough nutrients in the Lift Your Nutrition Program, click on this link: https://go.nutrirev.org/training-video33640482