It’s great that fast food chains have detailed nutritional information for all to reference, but the issue is that these charts are often deliberately buried on websites and can be cumbersome to read. One blogger has compiled a master list of the “best” fast food options from major chains, with their macronutrient values, for our convenience.
Whether you’re a keen shopper, a health-conscious parent, or an athlete training for a specific fitness goal, chances are you’ve looked at a food label or two, right? You probably check the total Calories per serving of many foods you eat, taking comfort when you make clean choices. But have you ever wondered how the caloric value of your food is determined?
This is to address the anal retentiveness that some people can develop with tracking calories. It’s important to know how much you’re taking in on a daily basis for weight management, but it’s just as important to avoid striving for perfection with it—just as long as you are close enough.
If you’ve ever read a fitness blog, forum, or even Instagram, you’ve probably heard the term macros thrown around. Short for “macronutrients,” it refers to carbs, fats, and proteins—the three basic components of every diet. If you get their proportions right, it makes dieting a lot more effective when simple calorie restriction fails.
The article is quite comprehensive – it’s not a quick read.
The whole conversation around weight loss and diet is nuanced, complicated, and not easily parsed. All you’ll get are personal testimonials and I’ve discovered that the only thing that’s worked for me is to figure out what worked for me. But I keep compiling the various articles to glean what I can from them to improve.
Everyone who loses weight successfully overcomes a set of similar challenges. But let us be honest: successful weight loss is relatively uncommon, making many of these challenges unheard of. Consequently, when they arise, you might think you’re doing things wrong. But you’re not, and here’s why.
If people are really, truly concerned about you – take a step back and re-examine what you’re doing and why. I ask for this pause for self-reflection because that could be life with an eating disorder. It’s a fine line we walk when we’re talking about weight loss. I just want to be sure we remember the other side of the coin, and why losing weight in a healthy, sustainable way is so important.
Personally, I haven’t dealt with a lot of #3. Rather the opposite – they would not comment on my progress. I’ve overheard chatter about me, but few will say something to me.
Regarding #4, I never thought of the journey being over. I had ideas for what thought I’d look like, but watched over time to see the weight loss seemed to favour one side over the other. It was top down at the start, but more recently has gone between left and right sides. But it was a while back that I considered my goals were quite likely due to photoshop, and I was quite happy with my progress. Part of that came from being more focused on eating for proper nutrition and fueling, so I was distracted. I’m still working out what’s best for the diet, and surprisingly I’m still seeing weight loss results but I am getting concerned about fueling/energy/ketosis.