Excerpted from “The Macro Manifesto: How To Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too”.
Have you ever looked at your bank account and wondered “where is all of my money going?”.
You thought you had been so good: no nights out, no new clothes, nothing upgraded. You thought you had saved as much as you needed, and paid only what was necessary.
But why, why, is the thought of paying this months bills putting fear into your heart and knot in your stomach?
Have you ever stepped on a scale, or looked in the mirror and felt “goddamit, I did everything I was supposed to.”
You traded lettuce for bread.
Dessert for a piece of fruit.
Went to bed hungry, and stayed that way while through your hours on the elliptical. All of that, and still, you made no progress.
If you’re broke, you’re spending more money than you earn. If you’re fat, you’re eating more calories than you burn. Track your macros.
Creating caloric deficit is the only way to lose weight. Your body is like a bank account: if you spend more than you put in, the account depletes. If you put in more than you spend, the account increases. If you spend how much you put in, the account stays the same.
Brown adipose tissue, more commonly known as fat, isn’t the evil it is made out to be.
Actually, it’s a good thing. It is stored fuel for when your body needs it most. You need a certain amount of body fat to function optimally. But times of famine and winters of scarcity are behind us. In the 21st century, even the poor can eat.
However, too much of a good thing quickly becomes a bad thing. Aesthetic goals aside, being fat is bad for you.
A few side effects of being fat:
- Decreased cognitive function
- Hormonal imbalance
- Joint issues
- Poor circulation
- Increased risk of heart disease
- High blood-pressure
- Risk of diabetes (that’s right-you can eat yourself to death)A few side effects of being broke
- You’re broke and that sucks
- Can’t do anything
- Broke and that sucks
- Have to trade time for money and miss out on life which is finite
- You’re broke, and that sucks
Think of macro-nutrients like your bank account.
You must be diligent about what you put in, and what you put out.
For example, for me to lose weight, I must eat in a slight caloric deficit.
Simply put, this means I consume less than I burn.
I need 2500-2800 calories per day to maintain my body weight (somewhere between 190-195 at 10% bodyfat).
To lose weight slowly, say, to get to 8 or 9% bodyfat, and still maintain muscle, I have to eat in a slight deficit.
Now, if I have a day where I eat 4000 calories (it happens), that’s not going to sink the ship. The same goes for a day when I may only eat 1800 (again, it happens). Sometimes, I eat intuitively, forget to eat, or-god forbid-forget to track my macros and then remember I had two massive slices of pizza and some donuts.
But isolated instances don’t deter progress.
But we are what we consistently do.
So from a lifetime of not being mindful of quantity of eating, suddenly that life itself is threatened.
WTF IS A MACRO?
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