Science is based on numbers, and nutrition is a science. Any meaningful science must be measurable, observable and repeatable, and that’s why using numbers when dialling in your nutrition can be so helpful. However, it’s not about the numbers.
I know, that’s a blatant contradiction. Especially given the attention we’ve provided to macronutrients and how to track them. There’s been a far deeper theme to all the content we’ve posted and to the overall approach we have to nutrition—that it’s about the food.
A Calorie is not just a Calorie
If it were that simple, the bulk of the developed world’s population wouldn’t be overweight and riddled with chronic disease. But it’s not that simple. The body processes calories from the difference macronutrients differently, and even different types of foods under those macronutrient banners are processed differently.
Your daily caloric expenditure also varies depending on a variety of factors such as type of training and the weather. Moreover, the calculating caloric expenditure is far more complicated than your smartwatch is smart.
So while managing macronutrient intake is beneficial towards managing body composition and performance, it’s not just about the numbers.
You Can’t Out-Measure a Poor Diet
Just as you can’t out-train a shitty diet, you can’t out-measure one either. Good, whole food is the foundation of your health and fitness. Without the foundation of quality food, numbers are just shaky walls.
Get your food quality right (most of the time) first. That will provide results. Then play with the numbers. But when you do, don’t make your food about numbers. Food is to be enjoyed!