I recently started to count macros. My goal is to gain muscle and lose fat so I can actually see the abs I've been working my BUTT off for these last 5 years.
I recently got a REAL gym membership in December so I've had access to heavier weights. Since then I have gained about 8lbs... up to 115lbs from 108. I am HOPING its muscle.
I am 16 yo female, about 115lbs, 5' 55". I have eaten clean for the past 5 years too, but have only been counting macros for about 2 weeks. I have tried very hard to hit them exactly, and only a few days have I been over.
Anyways, today was one of those days, just over on carbs and protein... it was because I had eaten all my macros by 430pm (I eat dinner VERY early) and was STARRRVING around 10pm (not to mention today was leg day!). So I made some steamed cabbage and asparagus, and after I logged it, my carbs and protein went over. Ugh.
Is it really important to count leafy veggies in macros? I mean, I TOTALLY understand counting starchy veggies, tubers, fruit, nuts, meats, ext... but broccoli? Onions? Greens? Now that I am actually weighing my food, my eyes have been open to the fact that 100 grams of onion is NOT a lot. Jeez.
I am also concerned about fat gain. Because I REALLY feel like I am gaining fat! All I want is to see my abs I have worked hard for! I lift heavy 4-5x a week with HIIT 3x. I eat 100% clean and LOVE to cook, hardly ever am eating out so that's not a problem.
I fear I have metabolic damage. I was severely underweight with food disorders over a year ago... was about 93lbs. I am healthier now, and have been instructed by a trainer to slowly increase my fat and carbs each week till I hit maintain mode (being young and very active, I SHOULD be able to eat more than 200g carbs without a problem.) Hmm. Seems like I can't even maintain my weight where I am!
90g fat, 190g carbs, 125g protein