I got an email saying “What about the stubborn belly fat? Yeah I know macros, but what else can I do?”
My reply – “Why add complication to something that should be simple?”
Too often we want to do more. We want to do things that maybe make that 1% difference over staying focused on the thing we just simply need to do consistently.
Because it makes us feel more in control…or often we even hope we can AVOID doing the hard but key thing to get results.
I know this is not “sexy.”
But truly results are built off of those boring basics.
It’s not the supplements. The fancy equipment. The crazy moves that make the difference.
It boils down to clear workout progressions repeated weekly with a focused goal for their design and macros.
Yup macros. No matter your goals.
If you use those two fundamental things and seek to always learn and track (what I believe is self-empowerment), you will be able to adjust your lifestyle as your needs and goals change – whether those changes are due to shifting priorities, simply something new you’d like to work toward or changes with age and hormones.
Now I get that neither of these things are the fast fixes and that they take learning and consistency when we sometimes want something shiny and new, but they are key.
Why Macros Matter…
Macros are what every diet dials in even if it doesn’t tell you that. Some diets may tell you to avoid specific foods or food groups. But this is to eliminate or reduce a macro.
The issue with this is…What if you plan to include this food long term?
You don’t know the balance.
Not to mention the second we restrict something, the more we want to rebel even if we didn’t eat that food often.
And so often in this restriction of specific foods, we don’t account for changes in our lifestyle. It’s why something may work for a bit only to not work later. It leads often to frustration when we’re doing all of the “right things.”
It’s why you need to seek to really understand the foods you’re consuming and how they impact you.
That way, if you start training more, you can adjust your fueling to match.
If you find you have cravings around your period, you can actually steer into the skid and adjust because your metabolic rate has changed.
If you are busy at work and training less, you can adjust your macros.
Want to build muscle, you can adjust.
You are in control AND you don’t have to restrict anything specifically.
You can find YOUR balance.
Why Progressions Matter…
Too often we see training as calories burned. Working harder over working smarter.
But this is often why we end up like that hamster on the wheel, running really fast to not get anywhere.
Like everything in life, we have to have a clear destination and map out a course to get there.
You don’t just get in your car and drive to a location you’ve never been. You map out the route so you can track your progress toward your destination and be able to correct any wrong turns.
Same thing goes for your workouts.
You need to map out a weekly schedule based on YOUR schedule, needs and goals, and then track your progress toward it.
I know people want to claim it is boring, but this is an excuse not to dial things in more and be intentional.
You don’t have to repeat the same workouts forever. But giving yourself time to truly maximize and build is key. Even 3-4 weeks is enough.
And then you can change things up a bit, even progressing moves through the same but different. This helps you truly create the progression you need to build back stronger. And it helps you avoid overtraining and wasting a ton of time and effort.
More is not better. And more is often why we don’t see progress and end up standing still.