Are you planning ahead?

If you came Friday night, you heard Jessica talk about planning her “macros” the day before. Doing this will set you up for success.

some tips from Krissy Mae Cagney...

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Planning Ahead

Nobody wants to be “that guy” who is frantically scanning food into a smartphone in public, then spending 10 minutes doing math afterward. Having a plan is always suggested. Most people plan their training out a week (usually more) in advanced, so why not plan your nutrition?

Whether you meal prep or food prep  for the following day or the next six days, having a plan is a tremendous aid to staying on track.

If takes a lot of practice and experience with macros to be able to “wing it”, day in and day out, successfully. I have been doing this a long time and I still like to plan at least a day ahead in order to hit my goals. You may be the type of person who needs to plan their entire week out, or you may be the type to figure it out the night before. Either way, I strongly advise that you plan ahead in order to make this a little easier on yourself in the early stages. On the days where you end up winging it, you’ll notice that you are often left with a ton of carbs or protein at the end of each day. When this happens, you feel like you’re stuck eating fruit (sugar) to fill your carbs, or egg whites to fill your protein. This is neither fun, nor conducive to reaching your goals.

Try entering your food the night before. Take your schedule into consideration and enter the food you know you will be consuming, for instance: leftovers in the fridge, pre/post workout meals, and what you have available to cook, then make a plan. This is a surefire way to hit your macros without screwing yourself come night time by blindly tracking over the course of the day. Added bonus: doing this will likely save you money. There is a weird phenomenon that I like to call “I Already Tracked It So I Have To F@#%ing Eat It” that occurs when you practice tracking ahead that prevents you from spending money eating out, or making pointless trips to the grocery store where you end up spending $72 on a snack run for gummy bears, cookies dough, hummus, and Vaseline. I don’t know what the hell you need the Vaseline for, but who am I to judge.

Upon getting your most important meals entered, you are left with some wiggle room and can still be flexible (but not so flexible that you get off track). Seeing your whole day ahead of time gives you the upper hand.

Pre-entering also familiarizes you even more with portion sizes. You’ll start to know exactly what 5 ounces of ground beef, 3 ounces of sweet potato, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter all look like and how each fills up your macros. Being able to visually measure your portions will benefit you immensely at times when you may not actually be able to measure, eating out for example.

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