Counting Macros: Day 1 Lurong Challenge
And so it begins…
I spent a lot of time on my phone today. It wasn’t for the usual social media fix, but it was to log all the ingredients to the food I was eating.
For those who aren’t aware, Monday (May 15th), was Day #1 of the Lurong Challenge at CFBH. For most of us, this means tracking our Macronutrients or “Macros” (Carbs, Protein, Fats) for the next 5 weeks. This whole new “Macro” world of, what we hope, will be a sustainable lifestyle will take a bit to get used to.
Most liken this style of diet to a “Jenny Craig” points diet. You are allowed a certain amout of food that fall into these different categories, and once you’ve used up all points in a category, you’re to refrain from them for the rest of the day.
As easy as these Macro apps are to download, a newbie using them (me) is another story. We must become cuisine coroners and perform an autopsy every time we want to put something in our bodies. It’s not enough to identify the ingredients, but you must also estimate their amount (typically in grams).
If you’re lucky, what you ate has a bar code that you can scan to accurately decode your food…but what if you have a salad?! I had a Chinese Chicken Salad for dinner today. It had Red Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Bok Choy, Scallions, Water Chestnuts, Mandarin Oranges, Grilled chicken, crunchy noodles, and a homemade Asian dressing. If that wasn’t difficult enough, now I had to guess how much of each was on my plate?
As the smoke started coming out of my ears, I found an article on calculating Macros that said, “You DON’T have to be perfect, you just wanna be close”, and to DO YOUR BEST at tracking! This gave me Day 1 stress relief which is why I’m sharing it.
This blog also has some great tips on eating at restaurants, what the macros of meats are (attached at the bottom, 3oz and 4oz), and some common diet pitfalls that can hamper our results!!
So go give it a read, and Good luck Macronians!
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