Step 1: Count Calories & Macros
There’s an old saying that I learned during my engineering career:
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” – Peter Drucker
While this usually applies to business, it’s also true for nutrition. When you don’t know how much energy you put in your body, there’s no way you can consistently hit a caloric deficit.
How to Find Your Ideal Calorie Deficit
For example, you wouldn’t expect to get rich without knowing how much money goes in and out of your bank account. So why would you expect to get shredded without knowing how many calories go in and out of your body?
With that in mind, you don’t need to meticulously track every calorie or gram. Just as you don’t count every penny.
But you should have a good estimate. Because being off by even 200 calories could be the difference between losing fat and staying the same.
How to Count Macros For Fat Loss
Many people don’t make it past this step because they loathe the idea of counting calories. But with a free app like MyFitnessPal it only takes a few minutes a day.
Still, I understand that even a few minutes a day adds up to 18 hours a year. So I offer custom plans with no calorie counting required.
See Plans With No Calorie Counting