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Macro Hacks You MUST be Using!

Posted by ColossusFitness - December 14th, 2016

For anyone that struggles with weight loss, you're more than likely just consuming too many calories. In this article we give you 15 things to look out for, and tips to lower your caloric intake.



1. Don't Let Enticing Brands Fool You

It’s extremely easy for a brand to put a title on their packaging that will make you purchase their product. Let’s look at vitamin water for example. Vitamin water is literally just water filled with vitamins. At the end of the day, this is just sugar water with added vitamins. You can easily obtain these vitamins from vegetables or pills. Don’t be confused by marketing, because it’s everywhere you go. A tip is to always look deep into the labels to see what you’re actually getting!


2. Log Everything A Day In Advance

This is absolutely crucial!!! If you’re prepared, you’ll know exactly what you’re having and it will help you avoid potentially going over your calories. It’s very easy for people to be on the go and just eat whatever, whenever. But when you log a day in advance, you become much more aware and know what to expect. For example, if you know you’re going to a friend’s birthday party tomorrow night and they’re going to have pizza and cake there, log it the day before! It will make life much easier.


3. Start Your Day Off With A Big Meal

Starting your day off with a nice big meal consisting of solid carbs, protein and healthy fats will help you with food satiety. If you start off with a small meal you could find that you’ll binge out at lunch or dinner. If you’re hungry throughout the day, you’ll tend to overeat later on. If you’re nice and satisfied throughout the day, you’ll feel fresh, full, and in control for the rest of the day.


4. Look For Low Calorie Alternatives That Still Satisfy Cravings

Very often people let their cravings get the best of them. Have you ever walked through a mall and craved a cinnamon bun due to the extremely strong smell? What if, instead of wasting 500 of your calories on a bun from Cinnabon, you went to a grocery store and picked up 90 calorie cinnamon bun treats? We highly recommend trying to look for treats that will satisfy you, but not throw you off course.


5. Fill Yourself Up With Low/Zero Calorie Drinks During The Day

If you find yourself craving food throughout the day, but you want to save calories, try low to no calorie drinks! A few awesome examples are black coffee, sparkling water, or BCAA’S. We also recommend diet drinks as they contain no calories but will still appeal to your sweet tooth with no negative repercussions. Some will argue that drinks containing aspartame have negative effects, however, we took on the myth and made a video on that topic HERE.


6. Pick Low Calorie Dressings

It’s amazing how fast calories add up from a simple salad dressing. Too many people believe they’re being healthy from eating a salad, but then load on 30g of fat with the highest calorie ranch sauce. Please make a smart decision and look for the lower calorie salad dressings. Something to keep in mind is that many people don’t just stick with one tablespoon of salad dressing, and multiple tablespoons add up fast!


7. Avoid High Calorie Meal Additions

On top of the high calorie dressings, your other favorite additions will pack on a ton of calories. Try to minimize or avoid these as much as possible. The reason we say this is because toppings such as bacon bits and croutons will add A TON of fat to your salad. At that rate, you may as well be having a burger!


8. Hot Sauce Is An Amazing No Calorie Alternative

Need to spice things up for no calories? Add hot sauce to EVERYTHING! Mustard is also another amazing low calorie alternative. It adds a ton of flavor with close to no expense. It does have a fair amount of sodium, but sodium isn’t the devil like some people say. Check out our video where we talk about that:



9. Eat Food That Is High In Volume

As much as we preach flexible dieting, we HIGHLY suggest you fill up your day with high volume foods, especially if you’re on a low calorie diet. As satisfying as a Big Mac is, it just won’t do the trick. You’re going to want to fill your day up with foods that leave you full instead of just craving more. Compare a plate full of chicken, rice and veggies vs. a Big Mac. You’ll be able to eat WAY more with that healthy food plate! Fun fact: one pickle is only 4 calories!


10. Spend Your Money Wisely

A lot of people waste their money on products that they believe work like magic, especially when it comes to ‘high protein’ items. I’ve seen bars marketed as high protein that only consisted of 4 grams of protein per bar. Special K protein shakes have 5 grams of fat and only 10 grams of protein. Instead of spending $2 per shake, you may as well eat whole food protein sources or utilize a protein shake.


11. Fill Up On Protein

On the topic of high protein items, there are actually a ton of awesome ways to hit your protein target if you happen to struggle with this. As you all know, protein is extremely important in your diet, so you always want to make sure you hit your goals. High protein cereal and spaghetti are awesome options to add in!


12. Use Natural Honey To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Instead of over indulging on something like ice-cream which tends to be high calorie, give natural honey a try! Add it into tea to experience the nice, sweet and warm feeling in your stomach at the expense of little to no calories.


13. Lots Of Fiber Will Keep You Full

Fiber is important to make sure you are maintaining and regulating bowel functions. It’s also awesome for food satiety, so we recommend adding some high fiber foods to your diet. Veggies work wonderfully, and you can also try foods such as fiber one cereal which has a whopping 13 grams of fiber per serving!


14. Go For Low Fat Peanut Butter

Why have four tablespoons of peanut butter when you can have five? Go for the 25% less fat peanut butter! For all of you obsessed with peanut butter, this will make a massive difference and it literally tastes the same.


Colossus macro hack bonus tip: Weigh the peanut butter. You’d be amazed at how much more you can have compared to using tablespoons.


15. Make Smart Decisions When Choosing Burgers

Calories from burgers add up WAY too fast! Here at Colossus we like to choose burgers that are lower in fat. You’d be surprised how many burgers consist of 40+ grams of fat which can be around how much fat you should be having in a day. There are tons of burgers out there for 10-15grams of fat that taste just as good. Plus, if you can have two of them for the price of one (calorically speaking), then why wouldn’t you?


Conclusion

It all comes down to this. Just make smarter macro decisions and you will reach your goals in no time! If you have any question be sure to leave them as a comment below and if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great content!



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jcgadfly

What lowfat peanut butter have you found that isn't a sugar bomb in a healthy disguise? I just stick to the natural stuff.

Scott_Herman Edit Delete

Low fat peanut butter is normally OK in terms of sugar. It pays to check though just in case!

jcgadfly Edit Delete

@scott_herman Most of the ones I've seen in my local stores pull the decent fats and replace them with HFCS (or sometimes even trans-fats)

Fox84

awesome article for when i go shopping , especially the peanut butter lol, man i love peanut butter 

dwrightgmd Edit Delete

Peanut butter is my favorite thing on this planet. Wish I could eat more of it...but shredding time it is so...goodbye peanut butter.

Scott_Herman

awesome tips @ColossusFitness ! Keep up the excellent work!