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Hey y'all trying to figure out macros would be nice to have some friends that's on that road help a girl out.

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  • cathipa
    cathipa Posts: 2,991 Member
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    I'd be happy to help. Feel free to DM.
  • Mary_T30
    Mary_T30 Posts: 22 Member
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    Thank you just sent you a message ☺
  • TavistockToad
    TavistockToad Posts: 35,719 Member
    edited January 2019
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    MFP macros are fine to start with. What specifically do you need help with?
  • Mary_T30
    Mary_T30 Posts: 22 Member
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    Honestly not sure where too begin. All i know log your food and I'm usuausually over my protein intake.
  • Mary_T30
    Mary_T30 Posts: 22 Member
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    Usually
  • kimny72
    kimny72 Posts: 16,013 Member
    edited January 2019
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    If your goal is weight loss, calories are the most important. There is nothing wrong with the MFP default macro goals, but they aren't something you HAVE to stick too. Many of us look at the protein and fat goals as minimums to try to reach or exceed, and let carbs fall where they may.

    One thing macros can help with is satiety. If you you find you are struggling with hunger, playing around with your macros can help, specifically focusing on one that is always low.
  • janejellyroll
    janejellyroll Posts: 25,763 Member
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    Mary_T30 wrote: »
    Honestly not sure where too begin. All i know log your food and I'm usuausually over my protein intake.

    If you find you prefer eating more protein, there's nothing wrong with going over that goal (assuming it isn't crowding out other things that you need). Humans can thrive on a wide variety of macronutrient ranges, it's one of the reasons we're able to live in so many different places and circumstances historically.
  • Mary_T30
    Mary_T30 Posts: 22 Member
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    Well the plan is weight loss and maintain a healthy weight while eating healthy
  • cathipa
    cathipa Posts: 2,991 Member
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    Mary_T30 wrote: »
    Well the plan is weight loss and maintain a healthy weight while eating healthy

    At this time I wouldn't worry about macros as long as you are logging correctly and staying within a calorie deficit. The macros MFP gives you are by default and are typically minimums. Calories are what matters when it comes to weight loss.
  • TavistockToad
    TavistockToad Posts: 35,719 Member
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    Mary_T30 wrote: »
    Honestly not sure where too begin. All i know log your food and I'm usuausually over my protein intake.

    That's good. Aim to go over protein and fat and under carbs. At the end of the day though, as long as you're hitting your weekly calorie goal in a consistent way, you'll lose weight.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 32,463 Member
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    Mary_T30 wrote: »
    Honestly not sure where too begin. All i know log your food and I'm usually over my protein intake.

    Over protein is fine, as long as you're still getting a healthy amount of fat, and a good assortment of varied, colorful fruits and veggies. In a technical sense, generally people need a certain amount of protein (many arguments about how much ;) ), a certain amount of fat (more arguments ;) ), some fiber, and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, other phytochemicals such as anti-oxidants, better consumed via food than via supplements when possible).

    People with certain medical conditions may need to vary things, and certain unusual diets-of-choice may vary and still be healthy, but the above are the basics for most of us in general.

    The MFP defaults are a good start. Personally, I'd suggest treating its protein and fat goals as minimums, and making sure you're getting veggies/fruits (some countries recommend 5 servings, some starting to recommend more). It doesn't have to be an instant thing; it can evolve. :)

    Evolution has made humans pretty flexible as omnivores. These days, us first-worlders are lucky when we can try to optimize.
  • Mary_T30
    Mary_T30 Posts: 22 Member
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    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    Mary_T30 wrote: »
    Honestly not sure where too begin. All i know log your food and I'm usually over my protein intake.

    Over protein is fine, as long as you're still getting a healthy amount of fat, and a good assortment of varied, colorful fruits and veggies. In a technical sense, generally people need a certain amount of protein (many arguments about how much ;) ), a certain amount of fat (more arguments ;) ), some fiber, and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, other phytochemicals such as anti-oxidants, better consumed via food than via supplements when possible).

    People with certain medical conditions may need to vary things, and certain unusual diets-of-choice may vary and still be healthy, but the above are the basics for most of us in general.

    The MFP defaults are a good start. Personally, I'd suggest treating its protein and fat goals as minimums, and making sure you're getting veggies/fruits (some countries recommend 5 servings, some starting to recommend more). It doesn't have to be an instant thing; it can evolve. :)

    Evolution has made humans pretty flexible as omnivores. These days, us first-worlders are lucky when we can try to optimize.

    Thank you
  • rjeppson1
    rjeppson1 Posts: 1 Member
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    Thanks. This is helpful. I’ve been trying to figure out how to count them as well.