3 Failing to Dial in Your Macros
When it comes to your diet, you have to realize it’s about more than just total calories—although that’s definitely the place to start. Once you know your target daily calorie intake, break things down further into percentages—or even rough gram estimations—of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, with a special emphasis on protein.
“Make sure you’re getting enough protein,” Hilgenberg advises. “If you’re not going to calculate it exactly, make sure that, at the very minimum, you’re getting one gram per pound of lean body weight [daily].”
Protein is critical for muscle growth and repair, and it’s especially important for preserving your hard-earned lean mass during a diet. “Getting enough protein will also help you feel full longer, making it easier to stick to your calorie targets,” Hilgenberg adds.