Macro Magic - These 15 Tips Will Get You Shredded

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 perhaps 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, as a buy, 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 obtain these vitamins from pills, vegetables, and other ways. Don’t be confused by marketing, because it is everywhere you go. A tip for you guys 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 situations where you could perhaps go over your calories. It’s very easy for people to be on the go and just eat whatever, whenever. But when you log the day before you are much more aware and know what to expect. For example, if you know you’re going to a friends 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. Do what you can!

3. Start your day off with a nice 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 time. Being hungry throughout the day people tend to overeat later on, where 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 a low calorie alternative that still satisfies 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 away farther away from your goals. 

5. Fill yourself up with low to no calorie drinks throughout the day

If you find yourself craving food throughout the day and you want to avoid eating for the time being to save calories, try low to no calorie drinks! A few awesome examples are black coffee, sparking water BCAA’S and the list goes on. We also recommend diet drinks as they contain no calories but will still give you the sweet tooth feeling 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 the topic. Check out the video 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 will 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 1 tablespoon of salad dressing. They add up fast!

7. Avoid the high calorie additions

On top of the high calorie dressings, the additions you like to add on will pack on a ton of calories also. 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! Make smart decisions guys. 

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 flavour 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 filling 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: 1 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 protein from www.ehplabs.com ! Don’t forget to use code: colossus10 to save 10% off your purchases by the way! 

11. If you struggle with hitting protein goals there are many alternative ways to do it

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. Give natural honey a try to curve sweet tooth cravings

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. High fibre will fill you up nicely

Fibre is important to make sure you are maintaining and regulating bowel functions. It’s also awesome for food satiety so we recommend adding in some high fibre foods to your diet. Veggies work wonderfully, and you can also try foods such as fibre 1 cereal which has a whopping 13 grams of fibre each serving!

14. Go for the lower fat peanut butter

Why have 4 tablespoons of peanut butter when you can have 5? 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 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 2 of them for the price of 1(calorically speaking), then why wouldn’t you?

That’s it guys, make smart macro decisions and you will reach your goals in no time! If you haven’t watched the full video then make sure to do so here: 

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Best of health,

-Kyle Grondin  

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