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    Hello all,
    Earlier in the summer I heard from a few sources, one being Nick Bare(the youtuber,) that tracking macros is an important part of staying fit. So I tried it for a few weeks and found it difficult to come up with ways of getting the correct(or close to) amount of grams of protein. My main question is: Is taking supplements alright? Or should it mostly be avoided? Are things like "Muscle Milk" protein powders OK? I stopped tracking Macros in part because I don't have a way of measuring my body weight at the moment. That can be remedied. But my other question is: Should it? Should I be tracking macros? Any advice is appreciated.

  • #2
    It’s a good idea to track your macros, but if you are unsure what they mean and how they relate to your fitness goals, simply knowing those numbers is obviously useless. Supplementation can be useful if lieu of real food, just make sure any supplements you purchase are CGMP certified, and know that any protein you buy that isn’t whey and does not have a stellar essential amino acid profile is a waste of money and time in comparison, so don’t bother with pea protein or egg white protein or any of that nonsense


    • #3
      Thanks for the response!


      • #4
        Piggybacking off of tfranc, yes supplements can be beneficial if you're having trouble meeting your macros. However, if there are ways to meet your goals with real foods choose those first. Add an extra egg in the morning, eat an extra spoonful of peanut butter, switch from rice to quinoa, switch from pinto beans to black beans, eat a can of tuna as a snack with some crackers or something (chunk light has a lower mercury content that others), etc.. But powders are by all means okay when you're still having trouble. Make sure to find a powder that also has carbs, the protein basically just all gets digested if there are no carbs/fats to help guide it to the muscles (fact check me on that, I heard it somewhere but could be wrong).

        As far as counting macros is concerned, I don't worry about it too much. After working out long enough you kinda just start to feel what your body needs. If your runs are starting to plateau or you're having trouble getting through certain calisthenics workouts, you know you need to up the calories and need to fuel yourself better. If you're always feeling super full and are developing a bit of a gut, maybe scale back a tiny bit. Not trying to sway you from counting macros, if that's your thing go for it.. But I can guarantee when you go to BUD/S you'll be much happier being able to eyeball what food choices you need from the chow hall, versus relying on a macro calculator and not having any nutrition labels in front of you.