Tracking is probably the scariest part of Macros.
How do we know what category to put everything in? What units do we measure in? How do we track recipes with multiple elements??
Don't worry. We got you! Ashleigh and I both use different tracking apps to help keep our knowledge up to date for our clients. Ashleigh uses MyFitnessPal and I use MyMacros+. Here are a few tips for both apps!
- Each app has an integrated food database that you can select items from. They also have a barcode scanner to help you scan new items directly into the app. (This is awesome and we use it all the time.)
- You can also add your specific macro goals into each app. For MyFitnessPal you'd go Menu>goals>calorie¯onutrient goals>and then input your specific numbers.
- In MyMacros+, you would click the top three buttons on the right>select app settings>set nutrition goals>create new goal. This will keep a running total for you as you track your day.
Another huge thing to remember is to ALWAYS pay attention to the unit in which a food is weighed. Sometimes it's ounces, sometimes it's grams. Sometimes you'll see a food label that reads "one serving is One Cup (or 88g). Always, I REPEAT, ALWAYS go with the unit option. AKA, grams in this case. A cup of any food can be 10 or even 20 grams off depending on how you measure. You always want to weigh everything out so you can be specific and accurate, otherwise your numbers could be thrown off.
Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for some indepth tutorials on how to navigate these apps. We know it can be a little overwhelming!
Ash and Sam