Have you ever tracked your food?
I’ve tracked my food for years and I honestly love it. Tracking has allowed me to take control of my eating habits so I know I’m actually meeting daily nutritional requirements. Keeps me energized. I consistently have awesome workouts in the gym and I’m able to stay focused on fun rather than exhaustion when I’m mountain biking for hours. Over the years I’ve learned that kind of energy doesn’t happen by accident!
I eat more fruits and vegetables than I ever have because tracking helps me prioritize em 👌. I eat such a nutrient rich diet 90% of the time that I know I’m covered when I’m having a few drinks, some dessert, or both. I’m gonna be mountain biking for at least another 50 years so trying to stay healthy over here 💪
Tracking helps shed light on the infamous “clean eating” debate by quantifying your nutritional intake beyond “clean.”🙄
If you followed everyone’s different definition of “clean” eating you’d legit have an empty plate. Dr. Eric Helms said it well: “No food that you eat, independent of the amount or the frequency that you consume it, has a measurable negative effect on you.”
Tracking allows you to eat any particular food you want by helping you focus on the big picture.
Should you try tracking?
I always use the finance analogy. If you wanted to save up for something specific, you’d take a closer look at the numbers for what’s coming vs going out. That way you have a much better understanding of where you’re currently at and how you should budget to reach your goal. If you have a specific goal, tracking can provide some clarity on how to start working towards it.
Tracking isn’t for everyone and it certainly isn’t the only way to approach nutrition changes. But for many, it serves as an effective tool to eat some of your favorite foods guilt free, get and stay in shape, and eat a more nutrient rich diet so you live long time 🙏
If you’re going to try tracking your food, I recommend doing it for 2 weeks and just observing things rather than overhauling your diet. Focus on the big 3:
Once you understand your intake in those areas, you can start prioritizing where to make specific adjustments such as shooting for roughly 1g protein per lb of target bodyweight and 10g fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. If you’re nailing those THEN you could consider progressing into setting calorie goals based on body composition and performance goals.
Tracking is easy. You literally just type the name of the food into the MyfitnessPal app and then specify the quantity. It’s really nothing more than that so don’t over complicate it. If you tun into questions shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org