I have always been consistent logging my food journal since I started my dieting days, reflecting back on my calorie book and journal attached, I must say two things. Wow! have I changed my eating habits and I’m still eating around the same number of calories too.
A common question I get from my female clients rising into per-menopausal years. “How many calories should I be eating, and what is better to focus on; Calories or Macros”
Both are important, but I will have to say that macros have more an impact on how your body will look in terms of tone, texture, and how you age, and wards off disease and osteoporosis.
Keep in mind that peri-menopause in particular is a process, and your hormones and how you feel change every few months. It’s normal and natural, so try not to get too frustrated when something was working and now it doesn’t anymore. If you’re gaining weight again or not feeling your best, I suggest seeing your doctor every 3 to 6 months to run hormonal tests (including thyroid).
Let’s Chat About Calories
Calories are important and anyone knows that if you overeat, you will gain fat, Period. Yet many of us don’t understand that creating a deficit too low in calories maybe the very reason why you are not losing weight and, in some cases worse, by making you gain weight.
So, a slight deficit in your calories may help you lose weight but who really wants to count calories for the rest of their lives? I only track my food, because I eat different everyday and it helps me have an insight of my daily macro nutrients, after that I ignore calories, because when I eat the right foods, I know I’m not overeating or have cravings and night eating issues.
Just think about it, could a bag of chips that have over 500 calories really keep you satisfied and crave free for until your next meal? This is true when you hear that 100 calories of one food is not the same of 100 calories of another. The major factor to take into consideration is how does that food communicate with your hormones and effect the rest of your eating patterns of the day. In this blog you will understand how macros are a better why to eat as it benefits the ever-changing women’s hormones.
If you really want to know how many calories you should be eating I use this calculator, and I use my app Bodies by V.V. to record my diet, which you can too have access to when we work together.
Let’s Chat About Macro nutrients
Macro nutrients are a better way to evaluate the healthiness of your diet and the results you will achieve and how your hormones will respond. Think of your body as a fancy sports car, and its running low on gas, would you fuel that sports car with reg cheat gas or with premium or bronze? Of course, the highest quality Right? Your mature body is no different and since we are no longer in our 20’s or early 30’s our tank can’t just process any junk and run smoothly anymore. This is true when you take two different diets, one that focus on just getting in a number of calories and another that focuses on quality and macros that fit the needs of a mature female body.
Let’s Break Apart Macro nutrients
Let’s take a closer look at macro nutrients; Carbs, Protein, and Fats, which foods they are and how they play a role in your weight loss goals and hormone harmony. I will discuss each one in priority order of how your diet should look like daily.
The type of protein you eat is more important than how much, adding low fat variety of animal meat aids in reduction of inflammation in the body and helps in re balancing hormones. North Americas eat too much fatty protein and this causes an increase of inflammation in the body and messes up with our female hormones causing; belly fat, cellulite, sagging skin, digestion, liver health, thyroid and cardio vascular disease.
“Perfect Macro Plate” for the Perimenopausal Women
The simplest rule I give is for Carbs are;
Veronica Vargas Mother of 1 and business owner of Bodies By V.V. guides busy moms and women towards eating and moving towards a healthy lifestyle. The Blog that gets right to the point!
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