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What makes HM system for counting Macros Different?

  • We break diet culture chains!

  • Reshape – Balance -Success. It is our 3 step process. We guide our members on the journey to reshape their mindsets on what food is and how it fuels them to reach their goals. We help our members create and fine-tune a system and process that work for their individual needs so they can create balance with everyday life and making healthy choices. Though we are data-driven, our goal is to teach people enough about what is in food and our natural body triggers that cue us in on what we need, so we can make conscious decisions that will give our members long term sustainable success! 

Which Macro group is best?

  • They are ALL equally important. Don’t cut yourself short by repeating prior habits (cough cough, under-eating carbs/ protein, and overeating fat.)

How do I Balance my macros during the day?

  • Divide your total macros in each category by 4, that will give you your average macro numbers for BF/LU/DN then divide that last meal by 2 and that will give you your 2 average snack macros. 

Do I need to eat all of my calories?

  • YES, you should get as close to your calories as possible if you are focusing on hitting your macros as close as possible. Here is the kicker, you will NEVER hit your calories if you do not hit your macros, and it’s pretty hard to hit 0-0-0 across every macro group. So I always say, focus on the macros and not so much the calories. Rule of thumb is, within 5g (under or over) that is an A+. Within 5-10g is a solid A. 10-15g=B and 15g-20g= C and anything 20g under or over needs some love to get the desired results.

Does sodium matter?

  • Yes, the ideal amount of sodium the average adult should consume is 1,500 mg per day. According to Heart.org  the average American eats so much excess sodium, even cutting back by 1,000 milligrams a day can significantly improve blood pressure and heart health.

How much water should I drink?

  • Bodyweight divided by 2 – This is a minimum of water you should be drinking a day in oz. If you workout ad 20oz for every hour of Exercise.

  • To read ALL of the amazing benefits of drinking water refer to pg 4-5 on Meal Prep Tips and Tricks 

Should I track Alcohol?

  • Alcohol doesn’t actually contain any macronutrients – but don’t get too excited. It does contain calories. A LOT of calories. If you track your food in any capacity, alcohol needs to be accounted for in order to continue making progress.

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How do I track my macros while eating out?

  • I start by looking to see if the restaurant I am going to has its menu in MFP. If they do, I plug it in first, then work my day around it. If the restaurant menu is not in MFP, I look for up the menu online and see if I can find a meal i MFP similar to the one I am going to eat. The key here is PLAN for success!

When can I stop tracking my food?

  • Intuitive eating is one of the best things counting macros has taught me. You can watch more on what intuitive eating is here.

Is there a way to track without using MFP?

  • You can absolutely track from an excel spreadsheet or other food tracking apps. Find one that works best for you!

The scale hasn’t moved what does that mean?

  • Gaining Lean muscle (woohhooo!)

  • Consistency with hitting macro numbers

  • Not drinking water

  • Eating too much sodium

  • Fewer Calories burned 

How do I get out of this plateau?

  • Check Measurements and Pictures to see if progress is happening just not with the scale moving

  • Start by eating cleaner, less processed foods, more whole fresh foods.

  • Eat more vegetables for carbs instead of grains and starches

  • Be more consistent with hitting prescribed Macros

  • Drink water required

  • Eat less sodium 

  • Exercise more/ Move more

  • Look at Micronutrients 

  • Change Macro prescription