Counting Macros

I’ve decided to count my macros. Why? For multiple reasons. I feel like I do a good job of balancing my carbs, fat and protein at each meal. But it’s just an eyeball guesstimate and then I do my best to listen to when my body tells me I’m full. But I often wonder, are my eyeball guesstimates right? If I tweaked this or that would my body respond better? Could my performance in the gym improve simply by a few adjustments to my diet? Well, I’ve decided to find out!

I’ve followed the zone diet before so I have a good understanding of how that works. And I plan to incorporate similar portions into my experiment. I also plan to follow the Paleo diet because I know that my body reacts well to it. I’m fairly lean but I would like to lose about 5 pounds heading into the CrossFit season. I would like to do this healthily, calculating macros, eating paleo foods, and allowing myself the occasional sweet because I know that I thrive when I’m not overly obsessed about my food. If I can relax and enjoy a piece of chocolate or a glass of wine occasionally I’m much happier and much more likely to stick with my diet.

My starting stats
Age: 29
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 150 lbs
Exercise: 2 hrs/day, 5 days/week
Exercise intensity: High
Daily activities outside the gym: Light

Day 1 I’m going to eat just like I normally would. I’ll calculate my macros at the end of the day and reevaluate from there.

Saturday January 23, 2016

Breakfast
4 cups coffee
2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
1/2 yam (165g)
2 tbsp chopped onion (20g)
1 cup baby kale, spinach and chard blend
2 oz lean ground beef
1 tsp olive oil
2 eggs

Snack
1 Quest protein bar, chocolate brownie
2 cups coffee

Lunch
Pick It Up Paleo meal:
4 oz chicken breast
1/3 yam (100g)
1 cup green beans
1 tbsp sliced almonds
1 tsp olive oil

Snack
1 Raw Rev bar, dark chocolate cashew mint
2 cups tea
1 tbsp half and half
1 green apple
1/4 cup almond butter

Dinner
1 chicken thigh, 4 oz
1/4 cup tomato sauce
6 brussels sprouts

Snack
1/2 cup light ice cream


Totals
Calories: 2,180
Carbs: 190g 35%
Fat: 100g 41%
Protein: 130g 24%

I felt pretty good today, however looking back I think I need to increase my protein and decrease my fat intake. My meals were pretty balanced throughout the day, however my 1/4 cup of almond butter might have been a bit excessive. I ate it because I was hungry, however if I had eaten more protein earlier in the day maybe I wouldn't have been so ravenous for such a caloric afternoon snack.