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Hello, Sunshine! It’s confession time. My name is Chastity and I’m not a big eater. I don’t like to snack and I don’t have a big appetite. It’s these reasons that I’m frustrated that I can’t seem to gain any muscle and burn any fat (and no, I’m not saying I’m overweight). I’m a mommy and having three babies has ruined my metabolism. I’m working on boosting my metabolism and building a better body.
Why I’m Boosting My Metabolism
It’s one of the magical phrases that either makes you really happy or really sad – Did you lose weight? How’d you do that? I wasn’t one of those mama’s who lucked out and lost a lot of weight breastfeeding. In fact, breastfeeding helped me hold on to most of the weight I gained while I was pregnant.
This brings me back to the previous question of How did you lose weight? It’s really easy – I weaned my baby and my body finally returned back to a semi-normal state. My babies were constantly nursing and I didn’t keep up nutritionally to meet their needs. I would have to eat almost all day, so my body decided to hold onto whatever nutrition I had which meant that I stored fat. Boo!
Because I didn’t keep up with meeting my needs I slowed my metabolism down. I used to have a really fast metabolism. I’m very fortunate to be tall and have a small frame. I needed someone to explain why I wasn’t thinning out post-baby. I didn’t want to have sad deflated tire anymore.
If you don’t like foul words didn’t listen to the video. BioLayne does a really good job of explaining how we can cause metabolic damage to ourselves.
Meeting My Macros
Are you meeting your macros? I hear this every single day from JD. I had no idea what he was talking about until I actually looked it up. You have a daily caloric and micronutrients (carbs, protein, fat) goal. The if it fits your macros (IIFYM) theory basically divides your calories into 40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent protein and 20 percent fat, but it can vary. You don’t eat a bunch of junk, but this formula should help your body meet the correct amount of nutritional needs. It’s worked for JD so why shouldn’t it work for me?
I’ve tried the fitness pal app, but I never really got into using it. I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a sponsored post for LifeSum. I clicked on it and I found what it had to be beneficial. I’ve only used the app for two days, but it breaks down my macros for me. You can choose between three settings of losing weight, maintenance, and bulking. I’m using the maintenance method for now.
LifeSum helps you track your food intake to make a better, healthier you. You put in your weight and height and it calculates your daily goals.
Here’s how my day looks in the morning. 1924 is a lot of calories but at least I’m not limited to starving myself.
I had 290 calories left by the end of the day that I didn’t consume. I didn’t workout at all and burned zero calories.
Here’s how it broke down my macros for the day. I’m really low on protein. I know I need to eat a lot more of it throughout the day. My fat contact was high because of cooking in olive oil and cashews. If I up my protein intake, it should lower out my fat count.
This is not a sponsored post in any way. I found the LifeSum app to be really helpful in finding out where I need to improve my nutritional needs. I hoping that by finding the correct amount of foods I should be eating will not only boost my metabolism, but help me build a body that I’m proud of after having three babies.
Have you tried the If It Fits Your Macros method?
Do you use a calorie tracking app?