Macro counting is the idea is that you calculate how much of each macro your body needs daily to reach your health goal (weight loss, weight maintenance or muscle gain), and then track your intake accordingly.
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To kickstart 🦵🏾 your macros journey, here’s a great and easy alternative called the healthy plate model that will give you good practice for navigating the macro model and it ensures you’re getting the right balance of macros in every meal!
It goes like this:
1. Fill half of your plate with non-starchy veggies. Essentially, that’s anything that’s not potato, sweet potato or corn (think: broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, tomato, mushrooms, cucumber, lettuce). A piece of fruit can also replace this portion.
2. Fill a quarter of your plate with lean protein: meat, seafood, eggs, tofu, legumes, nuts or seeds. Dairy foods provide a decent protein punch too.
3. Fill the remaining quarter of your plate with quality carbs. That’s whole grains (like wholemeal pasta, rolled oats or quinoa) and starchy veg (potato, sweet potato or corn).
Top it off with a hint of healthy fats and you’re good to go.
To give you a little inspo, for breakfast, that could be:
* half a cup of natural muesli with raw nuts (quality carbs and healthy fats), half a cup of yogurt (lean protein) and a handful of strawberries (fruit or non-starchy veg)
* two pieces of wholegrain toast (quality carbs) with two poached eggs (lean protein) served with a side of tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms (non-starchy veg) and a quarter of an avocado (healthy fats).