Macro Counting VS Clean Eating

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Let’s talk about navigating the balance between food quantity and quality.

Counting Macros often gets put into the food quantity camp.  It’s all about eating the correct QUANTITY of food for your height, weight, age, metabolism, activity level and goals. Which is so incredibly important, but if you stop there, you’re selling yourself short.  If you’re filling all of your macro budget with simple sugars and processed foods you’re not going to feel satiated which means sticking to your macro budget will be extremely difficult.

Clean eating diets, on the other hand, are primarily team food quality.  If you’ve ever done a round of whole30 or something similar you’ve likely learned to eliminate a lot of processed foods and cut out completely simple sugars that spike your blood sugar. But if you stop there, you’re also selling yourself short. Eating “clean” can easily put you into a caloric surplus which can cause you to GAIN fat  because a lot of “clean” foods like avocado oil, almond butter, and the like are extremely calorie dense.

Navigating the differences between food quality and quantity.

It’s not quantity VS. quality – it’s not one or the other. The magic happens when you COMBINE high quality foods in the right quantity so you can look and feel your best. 

Trade Simple Sugars like: Candy, Juice, soda, ice cream, cake, cereal, donuts, cookies, white bread for complex carbohydrates like Vegetables, Beans & Lentils, Whole Grains, Brown Rice, Qunoia, Apples, Berries, Oats, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato.

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Balancing each meal with a protein source also helps stabilize sugar spikes which can help tremendously with hunger. Striving for 25g of fiber daily will also help keep your food quality in check!

When you eat high quality foods in the right quantity that’s where the magic happens.

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Read more about this topic in Not All Carbs are Equal.

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