Of all the recipes and workouts and fun things on this here blog, one post continues to be my most popular: Meal Planning with Macros.
I was all about the macro game when I was did Jolynn’s 12 Weeks to a Fit Physique program. It took a while to get the hang of it, but once I did, it wasn’t too hard at all. I saw amazing results and still believe that IIFYM (if it fits your macros) is a great system.
One thing I found while sticking to IIFYM is that sometimes during my meal planning, I’d wind up short on a specific macro while being maxed out on others. I’d need more protein but was out of carbs and fat or I needed fat but my carbs and protein were spent.
So, I kept a handful of foods in my arsenal that were what I call macro-monogamous – good for getting in fats only, carbs only, or protein only. If you’re playing the IIFYM game, be sure to keep these foods handy to help hit those macro goals.
HIGH CARB – LOW FAT/PROTEIN
HIGH PROTEIN – LOW FAT/CARB
Protein powder (low fat, low carb – like Quest)
Tuna fish in water
Plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
HIGH FAT – LOW CARB/PROTEIN
Olive oil (drizzle on salads or in a pan while cooking)
Coconut oil (add to smoothies or coffee)
Keep these on hand, and you’ll those macros will be your bitch! Boom.
Have you ever tried an IIFYM approach?
Have any favorite macro-monogamous foods?