What is Macro Counting?

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Macro counting involves tracking the amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat you consume daily to reach optimal macronutrient intake based on your goals and activity levels.


  • Counting macros factors in the calories and grams from each macronutrient – protein, carbs and fat.
  • Macros impact performance, body composition and health differently so optimal macro ratios vary based on if you want to lose fat, gain muscle or fuel athletic efforts.
  • Apps like MyFitnessPal make macro counting easy. But it still requires consistency, and macro targets take trial and error.
  • The more active you are, the more carbohydrates you can intake while still losing fat if in a deficit.


  • Consuming 150g protein, 300g carbs, 70g fat based on macro targets.
  • Adjusting carbohydrates on training vs rest days based on activity needs.

Related Terms

  • IIFYM or flexible dieting, calories, macronutrients, nutrition tracking

Common Questions

  • Isn’t just calories for weight loss? Macros impact body composition, performance and health beyond just CICO.
  • Do I have to religiously hit macro targets? Try to get as close as possible each day. Being within 10-20g is fine.

Do Not Confuse With

  • Counting calories – Does not break down optimal macro ratios, only total energy.
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