Regardless of what your specific training goals are, you should have a daily calorie target. You should also have targets for your macros (protein, carbohydrate and fat) that suit your training goals.
Your macro targets will vary depending on your current level of fitness, health and eating habits. In most cases, people who are looking to lose weight will need to reduce their carbohydrates. The opposite is true of people attempting to build serious strength or muscle mass.
Everyone should be attempt to eat more protein. Protein is essential for muscle recovery and growth.
These daily calorie and macro targets are only guides so you shouldn’t stress over them too much. Only high level athletes such as body builders and boxers need to be ultra strict with these goals. These athletes would be extra strict when preparing for their contest to hit their body weight or body fat targets. After they’ve finished competing, most athletes will relax their strict diets.
So, for most people counting calories is an unnecessary stress in life.
On the flip side, there are benefits of counting calories for a short period of time.
People are terrible at estimating things, often underestimating how many calories they’re consuming. To further exacerbate the problem, it can be difficult to estimate how many calories are burnt during exercise.
This is where calorie counting can be a good thing. Using a mobile app like MyFitnessPal can be a real eye-opener. If you’re curious about learning more about how much you’re eating, then counting calories for a few months is a great thing to do.
I used to count calories in the past, and it was great to learn more about what I ate but these days I keep things a bit more relaxed. I eat high protein meals and adjust my carbs and fats to suit the training that day. Of course, I always throw in a cheat meal every so often. 😉
If you’re not sure what your daily calorie and macro targets should be, we’ll be able to help you set realistic goals for you. Get in touch with us and one of our personal trainers will create an eating plan for you. Our Six Week Transformation Program puts a real focus on healthy and sustainable eating plans. Our members who have signed up for the program get free meal guides and over 80 healthy recipes to help them achieve their goals.
Keep training hard, eating well and you’ll reach your goals!