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CrossFit HQ shared a post about macros which stimulated some good conversation this past week. One of our macros team members, Nikki, and I had a great chat about what macros really is vs. what the perception of macros is.
Have a read below.
I'll start by saying I think you do a very good job of promoting healthy choices vs not-so-healthy. It's evident in practically all your communication one way or another - blog, FB posts, etc. So, we are never led to believe that filling our macros with donuts and bacon will yield the same results as filling our macros with chicken and spinach (and Quest bars). The scale is one thing - how you feel and perform is another.
I found the post striking because I felt the same way: really really gung ho to start, not eating junk to fill my allowance at all, and having tremendous results. Then slowly adding in other stuff. The odd cookie. Pizza, etc. But I fast-forwarded the same way the blog author describes: I slipped into filling my macros on some days with more junk. But they fit , so it was okay.
So really the thing is more the 80--20 rule (which the blog author doesn't mention). Would I be able to give up homemade pasta for life or never eat fries or pancakes again? No way. But I think the key is sticking to the 80-20 rule.
Macros work -- they work even better when you eat good food. Not to mention how you feel in general.
More interestingly is why we fall off the macro wagon at all -- for example, I had a good day yesterday macro and workout wise, until I got some bad news, then told myself not to go ahead and eat shit just cause I thought this was a reasonable excuse. This worked until about 9 pm when I scarfed two bowls of cereal. What then? That has nothing to do with macros at all (I'm trying to reprogram this behaviour, somehow. Maybe I need to just buy myself a new pair of Nanos or a new book or something instead of eating).
Anyway -- the post had some good points, but I don't think macros need to die a slow death. We need to eat high-quality food as athletes as the article notes, BUT within the macro parameters tailor-made for us!
That's it from me :)
Great points. The reason macros has blown up in the functional fitness community is because it takes a real life approach, it rids ourselves of the 'shame' we may have once get when we venture off the whole food/paleo path, and it promotes an actual understanding of what food is, and how we can use it to get the best performance out of our body.
- Dr. Alli