If tracking macros is your way to stay on top of your health, body composition or athletic performance goals, it’s not a matter of if you will need to track macros while eating out, but a matter of when you will need to track macros while eating out. Here are some considerations to help you nail your macro goals while eating away from home.
Macro tracking is a skill you develop over time, with practice. The closer you get to your macro prescription, consistently, the more data you have to inform whether the eating pattern is supporting how you want too look, feel and perform. Remember, no one starts as an expert - not in the kitchen, not in riding a bike, and certainly not here. The trick is to JUST get started and practice a little bit each day.
I know you’ve heard it before: if you want to lose weight you just have to “eat less and move more”. The whole “calories in, calories out” thing sounds completely reasonable: expend more energy than you take in so your body will adapt to burn through extra fat and lead to weight loss. Except when it doesn’t actually result in weight loss.
And while the professional fitness people and the professional food people are arguing about who should give what kind of advice, we’re effectively losing the bigger battle. The general public doesn’t know how to cut through the noise and is no better equipped to find the resources they need to resolve their health issues on their own.