Do You Have To Track Macros Forever?

Tracking macros is a great tool to achieve body composition goals, but it can be mentally very tasking. I can understand, that you have enough of tracking, weighing and measuring everything in your life and you are afraid of having to do this forever. Relax. No, you probably don’t have to track macros for the rest of your life, there are varying degrees of freedom regarding your nutrition. Intrigued? Read on!

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How To Calculate Your Macros

Basic calculations for everybody.

Now that you know how to calculate your energy intake, the question is “How much of each macro should I eat?” Calculating your macros is rather easy and I think everybody should know how to do it by himself. Considering that there are services out there that “calculate your personalised macros”, I can help you save some money too. Read on and enjoy the Beary wisdom gains!

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Pumpkin Pie Two Ways

I love pumkin pie because my mum used to bake it in the early 90s for Halloween even if no one was celebrating it in Milan those times. It was an original American recipe which she brought back from Philadelphia where she lived in the 70s together with my dad and older brother. Of course she shared the recipe with me as I moved to Vienna but I had gut issues and was not tolerating grains, eggs and dairy products well. Therefore Stefan and I developed our own version: it is not cut-friendly if you are very low on calories (check the macros) but it is gluten-free and suitable for the vegan folk too. But if you would like to try the real stuff, I’ve included my mum’s recipe too.

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Every Little Counts

The importance of being honest to yourself and your coach.

Tracking macros is a very powerful tool to change your eating habits and reach your body composition goals. However it has a big fault: the human nature. We’re no robots and life can hit us hard and disrupt even our best laid out plans. If it was that simple, dieting would be incredibly easy, you just fill out your macros every day and everything will be fine. But what happens when we slip?

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Airplane Friendly Foods

Flying Fitfoodies Take Their Own Food On Board

Did you already read our blog post about how to nail your nutrition in vacation? One of my favourite tips is to bring your own food on the airplane because most of the time the food you get on board isn’t worth the calories. Sounds complicated but it’s much easier than you think. We compiled a small choice of groceries that are easy to handle and that you can carry unchilled for a while.

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Fats: Because Nutbutter Is Happyness

Basic biochemistry and functions.

But wait, fat makes me fat, right?! Now you should already know the answer: it’s all about the calorie deficit at the end of the day and like carbs, fats are neither good nor bad. Nevertheless, fat is really energy dense: 10 gramms of fat (approx. a tea spoon) have huge 90 kcals. This means that, you should not indulge in those tasty “healthy” low-carb-paleo-keto-raw-gluten free-vegan nut bars if you are trying to lose body fat ;). So what’s the deal with fats, now? Let’s have a closer look through the biochemist’s goggles.

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Carbohydrates: Candies, Noodles And All That Good Stuff

Is a carb really just a carb?

…or are they evil? Currently, it is a real hot topic, especially since many countries have introduced a sugary drink tax and low-carb and keto diet are becoming very popular among the broad public.  Is it the right way to go in order to lose fat? Yes. And no.

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Why You Get Fat

Metabolism in a nutshell.

As I already told you in my last post about macros, no matter if you are eating low carb, low fat or low-whatever, if you are in a calorie surplus, the body starts to store fat. Why? Let’s have a closer look at the picture below and follow the way of the macros:

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Naturally Skinny? Thoughts On Preventing Fat Gain

For overweight people, and sadly a lot of us are overweight, losing weight in form of body fat is probably the best thing to improve health. Some of us already lost a lot of body fat and keeping it off is a very good idea and already difficult enough. Nevertheless, even if you never had problems with excess bodyweight, not gaining fat mass is one of the most relevant factors for a healthy lifestyle which can be traced even to the molecular level. Now this may be quite easy for you: you have good genetics and/or a lifestyle that helps maintaining your physique. But as life goes on, things can become more challenging…

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Macronutrients. Macro- what?

Nutrition biochemistry in a nutshell.

Bodybuilder and biochemists are both somehow geeks, but you do not have to be one to understand the basics. The major building blocks of food, called the macronutrients (“macros” for the cool kids), are just three. Here is an overview of what they are, their energy content and where you can find them.

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