MyFitnessPal is not your Pal.
(Stick with me until the end!)
And there is a chance that the way you are tracking food right now isn’t working for a reason.
True story. Because a real “pal” (aka: Coach) knows you, your body, your history of dieting, your fitness program, how you’re sleeping, when your cycle starts, etc… MyFitnessPal (or any other Food Tracking App) doesn’t know YOU.
Food Tracking Apps also create your recommendations based purely off of an equation. The reality is that humans are way more complicated than a math formula. Hello hormones, said every female. And oftentimes the estimated targets they give you are WAY TOO LOW, which is why you often don’t see results (metabolism down-regulates due to less calories).
At Coaching with Abby (CWA), we help you customize your nutrition + macros based on where you currently ARE and what your goals are. We also take into consideration your biofeedback (energy, stress, sleep, hunger, performance, libido, etc) and work WITH YOU to make modifications and adjustments based on feedback.
Check out the example I give:
I’m 5’5″ and 145 pounds. I get ~8k steps/day + workout 4-5x/week.
- MFP recommends I eat 1200 calories to lose weight
- 60g Protein
- 150g Carbs
- 40g Fat
- In what world should an active female be losing 2 pounds/week.
- CWA recommends 2100 calories to lose weight
- 135g Protein
- 210g Carbs
- 80g Fat
- That’s right! CWA almost doubled the amount of calories + protein!
- The result… I feel satisfied, get to eat chocolate, I’m still crushing my workouts, and see FAT LOSS (8 pounds to be specific).
- I’ll take 2100 calories over 1200 any.dang.day!
*** Please note ***
I’m NOT saying that tracking food is wrong or that everyone needs a coach. I 100% endorse macro tracking. It’s part of our coaching programs.
If you don’t work with a Coach, please be sure you check out some of the content I created on how to calculate your own maintenance calories. Remember that you have to start from maintenance calories and then create a deficit or surplus (or obviously maintain).
The number derived SHOULD override MFP or any other food tracking App. Additionally, you should be mindful about your own personal biofeedback. What is your body telling you? If you’re hungry + craving all the time, coupled with moodiness, poor menstrual cycles, bad sleep, etc… you most likely aren’t eating enough.
How to calculate your Maintenance Calories: