The Benefits and Differences of Macro and Calorie Counting

Some ways to control your weight is to count the intake of calories you are consuming on a day to day basis. There are different ways to count your intake, two of which that are often used are macro and calorie counting. Choosing which one depends on your lifestyle choices. Here are the difference and benefits of each method.

Counting Calories:
This method of counting is a one-step system. You basically decide how many calories you need to eat each day and stick to that number, recording what you eat and drink. The guidelines to determine the amount of calories you should be eating daily depends on your age, current weight and the amount of exercising you perform daily. Keep in mind that the average consumption of calorie intake for an individual in about 2,000 calories.
Counting Macros:
The basics of macro counting are that they are made up of three parts, which is proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They are split into a 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20% fat concept. The amount of macros an individual should consume daily is also based on age, current weight and gender. Typically you would use a kitchen scale to accurately count the macros.

What’s the difference?
The main difference between these methods is the counting process involved and the food being consumed. Each method works, it just depends on the individual and which one they think will benefit their lifestyle and body more.
Macro counting entails that you are completely aware of what you are putting into your body. You take foods and decide the percentage of fats, carbs and proteins you want to put in your body each day. This is generally well balanced foods with healthy nutrients.
Calorie counting is a lot different, although you are keeping track of the amount of calories you are eating, the method does not include what is in those calories. For instance, there is a big difference to eating 100 calories worth of fruit versus 100 calories of a donut.
So, to determine which is right for you, think about how much time you want to spend determining what you are putting into your body. If you want a diet that is not time consuming and still shows good result, then counting calories is the diet for you. Just remember to create a balance and healthy diet with the calories you do count to eat.
If you put in the extra work and count the calories paired with fresh foods, then macro counting is the one for you. It can be an easier and more reliable method, and a great way to feed your body exactly what it needs.

Apps For Counting Calories

Calorie Counter Pro
by Mynetdiary Pertinacity
Fitocracy Macros Calorie
Counter by Fatsecret

Written by: Alex Dunn

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