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There are a lot of ways to eat in our culture today. Food is easy to come by, diets are easy to find information on and for the most part, we can eat meals that fit with out lifestyle and taste buds. However, if you have a goal to change your physical self, all these options make consistently adhering to a plan pretty tough.
The issue is found in the “gap” between what we know to what we consistently do. Part of solving the issue of consistent behavior is being aware of the quality and quantity of food that we eat on a daily basis. This is typically where calorie/macronutrient tracking comes into play, as it is a wonderful tool to create an awareness around your daily eating habits.
Some may look at food tracking and think “Well this really only tells me how much I’m consuming in terms of overall calories” and they would be right! On the surface, detailed tracking is a numbers-based tool. However, once you’ve had experience in eating to hit a certain number of protein, carbs and fats (ultimately adding up to overall calories) in a given day, you know that quality, whole foods serve you better than their higher calorie, highly processed counterparts.
The goal is to take this form of external regulation (tracking in some way) and form habits that move you closer to internal regulation (hunger cues, food knowledge, etc.). So let’s look at a few ways we could approach tracking your current intake:
These tools and habits are simple to use, but not easy to execute on day after day. This is where having a good coach that you trust to guide you and hold you accountable can be a real asset to help you develop a new lifestyle surrounding your nutrition. If you ever need any help with this or anything else fitness related, we have coaching and a community for you!