If you consider yourself part of the fitness community then you may have heard of counting macros or, “if it fits your macros” (IFFYM). If not, sooner or later you will hear the term in conversations with other gym goers. Counting macros has become very popular for reaching specific weight and health goals. Specifically for losing weight or putting on muscle mass. Let’s move on to what exactly it is and if you should count them.
Macros is a short term for macronutrients –the fats, carbohydrates and protein we consume to give us energy. Each macronutrient is measured in grams. Carbohydrates and protein provide 4 calories per gram, while fat provides 9 calories per gram. In order to successfully count macros it is important to understand the role of each macronutrient and why some people need different ratios to reach a weight goal.
When it comes to eating before a workout we need to think of our bodies as a car. Without gas in the tank the engine won’t start, and we won’t get to our destination. Food is the fuel that our bodies need in order to get the most out of a workout. Before training, you want to focus on foods that are high in carbs, moderate in protein, and low in fat and fiber. Carbs are your main fuel for activity.
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Anyone that knows me on a personal level, knows that I am always looking for new ways to effectively engage and train my glutes. Growing up I had a pancake booty and I was really self-conscious about it. I began doing research on how to build bigger glutes and through trial and error I have been able to grow my glutes and shape them. If you are having trouble building your glutes, you might be lacking something in your routine. Make sure to follow these tips on your next training session.
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If you’ve ever purchased almond butter, then you definitely can agree with me when I say that it’s not very budget friendly. A simple 16 Oz jar can cost anywhere from 10 to 15 bucks! That can be pretty pricey to maintain if you’re someone like me who chows down a whole jar within a week. That’s why I’ve recently started making my own almond butter at the comfort of my home. The process takes about 45 minutes and will cost you half of what you spend on a jar of almonds. I bought a pound of almonds at Aldis for only $5.00! If that’s not a bargain then I don’t know what is.
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We’ve all had the motivation to workout at some point in our life. The difference between those who do the work, and those who find excuses to get work done, lies in finding the right kind of motivation. If you are serious about getting into shape you first need to ask yourself, “how can I stay disciplined and committed even when I lack the motivation?” Over the years, I have learnt a few ways at staying committed to my workout and diet routine. Here are a few tips I’ve learnt.
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Ever push yourself to the point where you can’t take anymore so you just give up? It’s called overload burnout. When we fail to make time for ourselves, our body turns to a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. This in turn affects our overall health and wellbeing.
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When people look at me, they automatically categorize me under slim framed. You know those “girl, you can eat anything and still look great,” comments. But there’s always a story behind a portrait. Growing up I was a husky child. Many might call it baby fat, but if I didn’t change my lifestyle, that baby fat would have turned into adult fat.
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