Success Stories

I Counted Macros and Achieved My Goals with Less Work and More Food!

By Ted KallmyerUpdated May 10, 2023

Here’s a great success story from a woman who used our Macro Solution to count macros and nail her goals.

Because of the nature of her vocation, she asked us not to reveal her name and to conceal her identity. Not everyone wishes to be famous, even though their results are so amazing!

Before Counting Macros

Before counting my macros, I used to train day in and day out. I was a lifting maniac. People constantly would tell me how great I looked but for all the work I put in; my physique, in my opinion, did not match up. I tracked my workouts with a heart rate monitor, tracked my food with apps, and also the old fashion way via pen and paper. In my opinion, I ate very healthy and therefore could not figure out why I was not where I wanted to be.

When I work out I generally burn 600 to 1200 calories. Prior to your book, I was working out 5 to 6 days a week, burning 600 to 1200 calories, and consuming about 1300-1400 calories with very little carb intake. This had been going on for years. Like most, I thought this is what I needed to do to stay fit. I never weighed myself because it would just make me depressed.

After Flexible Dieting IIFYM

I came across your book, The Macro Solution in late summer of 2015. In my social media, there was a buzz about this new thing called IIFYM. I did some research, stumbled on your site, and decided to give it a try. It was honestly one of the best things I have ever done because it changed the way I view food. I did not realize how obsessive and unhappy I was when it came to food. I was miserable. I was starving my body and it was protecting itself by storing fat.

I read your book and I started to weigh myself every few weeks so just to see my progress. I lost about 12 to 15 pounds in about 6 months and gained great muscle definition. Visually, I thought maybe I lost 5 to 7 pounds because I still had a great deal of muscle. I started at 147 and weighed 132 at the end of 6 months. I ate more and worked out less! I would actually stop working out if I burned a certain number of calories because I knew it would be hard for me to eat that much food in a given day, especially the protein consumption. I also started to do more rest days where I would incorporate foam rolling and mobility work.

Even though, I am happy with my physical transformation the clarity on what I need to eat has had the greatest impact on my life. I really don’t eat junk food, but know I am able to go out with friends, enjoy the summer, and enjoy the weekends without feeling guilty. It feels good to workout, eat pizza or a burger, wake up the next morning, and still look better than I did the day before.

I’ve felt a little too skinny at 132. I’ve now increased my macros in order to help with building muscle.

I’m so honored that my book had such an impact on her life and she is now one of the many that have found dietary freedom and have reached their goals by simply counting macros.

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