I recently started counting them. I workout daily, lifting heavy 4-5x/week, with 2-3 HIIT/plyometric days and 1-2x power yoga. I am a 16yo female, around 115lbs, 5'5.5".
My goal is to build muscle, not gain fat (if anything, lean out and lose some stomach fat.)
I eat clean, wholesome, healthy foods. If I want a treat, I make it healthy at home. I LOVE what I do... working out and cooking is MY passion, my love, my hobby. I want a career in it and love being committed more than most.
Anyways, I am feeling bad when I hit my macros for the day, but become hungry and eat over them by the end of the day. I have so far been tracking macros for 10 days, and 2 of those days I have gone over them.
I always hear that you have to be on track DAILY to see results, with macro counting. I have worked out for years, always eaten healthy. But I have yet to see the definition that I want. Since counting macros, I have felt the difference. But I am feeling bad the days I went over, like today, and am worried that I am going to seriously hinder my progress, training, and results. My results are more important to me than food.
I have been instructed by a trainer to slowly increase my carbs/fat a bit each week until I reach my maintenance intake, like reverse dieting. Especially since I was very underweight a bit over a year ago with disordered eating habits, I do NOT want to freak my metabolism out with super high calories and carbs.
Yet, I LOVE food and can EAT ALOT. I eat more than most people I know, more than my family combined.
My macros right now: 124 P, 185 C, 89 F
Thoughts, comments, suggestions?