Should You Track Your Food?Apr 18, 2020
If you track macros, you’re too obsessive.
If you don’t track macros, you’re not disciplined.
My 2 cents 💰⤵️
Tracking intake is a great tool to LEARN what the heck your food is made up of, so even if you AREN’T tracking, you still have a basic understanding…
Like that a grande Starbucks Frappuccino will set you back 55g carbs & 15g fat
Or that the some of the salads at Cheesecake Factory are MORE calories/macros than the cheesecake.
Yesterday I asked you all to share your experience with tracking vs. not - for the most part “IIFYM” provided food freedom, but often also required folks to dial back the “eat whatever tf I want”
Personally, I’ve been tracking for most of the last 8 years (damn lol)
Not everyday is perfect,
I’ve taken weeks off,
had lots of untracked meals,
I guesstimate plenty,
and most of all — I’m not tied to it emotionally.
It’s mindless and habitual. I see it as a means to an end.
It helps me reach my goals, but still have a little chocolate everyday (yes, everyday).
I don’t NEED to track my food to feel in control.
When I choose to NOT track, it doesn’t make me feel anxious.
(I can confidently say that I’ve helped many others feel the same. Something I’m so proud of)
But for me, it wasn’t always that way.
Thanks to a lot of education, intentional time, hiring GOOD coaches, plenty of “inner work”, and a PhD in Psychology focusing on mindset/health behavior change...
❗️My progress, my identity, my worth doesn’t hinge on protein, carbs and fats.
^ some might read this and think “Of course it doesn’t. I don’t get it?”
^ others will think “I wish that was me.”
It’s impossible to completely detach emotion from food.
Food is how we celebrate, mourn, help, and share.
But NUMBERS don’t have to be emotional.
1️⃣ You can track macros and it not be obsessive or disorderly.
2️⃣ You can NOT track macros & still have goals.
3️⃣ This is person dependent, but I believe 97% of people would benefit from tracking their intake at least for a bit of time
4️⃣ Order the salad with dressing on the side & ditch the crispy fried onion strings to save yourself 1,000+ calories