Transitioning from Low-Cal to Macros

It seems like so many of you are wanting to give macros a try, which is great!  I know the whole process can be intimidating at first, especially if you are currently on a really low calorie or restrictive diet.

If you want a basic intro to what macro counting is, check out my post here.

Now, let’s say you are only eating 800-1,000 calories per day right now.  Once you calculate your macros you will be eating more calories than that for sure.  Remember your body needs fuel.  Even if you are trying to lose weight, your body needs calories (and yes, and it also needs carbs and fat) to build muscle and shed fat at the same time to achieve that LEAN and TONED look.

So if your new macros equal eating 1,500 calories.  That can be pretty overwhelming coming from a super low calorie diet!  I know you probably are scared that you will automatically gain weight when you increase calories.  It’s scary and nerve-wracking and I completely get it.

The first thing I would suggest is to weigh yourself daily.  I know this seems contradictory to other ideas out there but hear me out.  This will help you get over the fear of gaining weight.  Weigh yourself every day when you first wake up and log it.  Then use those daily weigh-ins to find your weekly average.  After a few weeks, you will see that your weight is NOT increasing.  This should build up your confidence in macro counting 🙂 .  You don’t have to weigh yourself every day forever, just until you have convinced yourself that you aren’t gaining.

Next, enjoy getting to eat more!  You can start slowly by adding in snacks if you aren’t used to eating large meals to help your body adjust.  Try things like Greek yogurt, fruit, peanut butter, and edamame.

Lastly, listen to your body!  A big pet peeve of mine is when people end up stuffing themselves late at night just for the sake of filling all their macros.  You can avoid this by planning out your day the night before so that you hit them all in an evenly spaced way.  If you do find yourself super full and “needing to eat more to fill your macros” – don’t make yourself sick!  If your body says you are full, stop eating and try to plan better the next day.

Any other questions or tips you have used yourself that we can share with others?  Leave a comment below!

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