Why I Don’t Track Keto Macros

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As the keto diet is becoming more popular, I get tons of questions about Why I Don’t Track Keto Macros. Below you will learn about my keto journey and why this is a good choice for me and many on a low carb diet.

Why I don't Track Keto Macros: A lesson in why this isn't an important step in the keto journey for me, and why it may not be for you either!

Why I Don’t Track Keto Macros

Over the years, I’ve been all sorts of sizes and have tried many different diets and lifestyle changes. I’ve struggled with being too heavy, and I’ve even been too thin. However, last year as I was struggling to get off the baby weight, I saw a before and after picture of a friend of mine on Facebook who was following a keto diet and became very interested in hearing more. I watched one of her Facebook videos that explained keto and how she was choosing to support the lifestyle. Although her before and after picture initially got my attention because at the time all I cared about was losing weight, I became very intrigued as she began to share about food freedom, feeling satiated for hours, and intermittent fasting.

Food was always on the mind

You see, no matter my weight and whether I was eating too much or too little food seemed to always be on my mind. I’m the girl who has always thought brunch was a terrible idea because that meant I missed out on either breakfast or lunch. I could make myself go without food, but I felt miserable. The thought of not even thinking about food for hours and feeling satiated sounded like a dream. You see, I had spent the last several years thinking I had to eat every two and a half hours, which meant lots of meal and snack planning. Even though, for the most part, I kept my weight under control, I got tired of all the food prep and snacks because frankly, it felt like no matter how often I ate I was hungry often and always thinking about food.

My Keto Introduction

So, when I was introduced to Keto, the part that really drew me in was food freedom. I didn’t want to think about food all the time or have to write down or track every crumb that went in my mouth. In fact, the keto diet wasn’t new to me, I had heard about it, but it seemed too hard and intense for my life to be tied to an app. I began to look at following a keto lifestyle differently and instead of it being a means to an end with a beginning and an end with one goal I shifted my mentality. I began to consider what I could stick to long-term with health being at the forefront of my mind. In the end, although I have been tempted at times to start tracking to speed up weight loss or break a stall, I knew I had to choose what would work for me long term. Here are five reasons why I personally choose not to track macros:

1. I don’t need more stress in my life

I have four kids (ages 14, 11, 3, and 1). I homeschool my older two and I run a business at home. I have a full plate of life and don’t want any added stress in my life. The list of things I need to do each day already feels longer than what I am capable of accomplishing so choosing not to track macros means one less thing added to my list. For me, I know that tracking macros would feel like a heavyweight and I’m confident I would forget too often, which would add frustration to my day.

2. I am not a highly regimented or “list maker” kind of person

I could probably be a poster adult for ADHD. I get easily distracted and I have a short attention span, which means I get easily excited at the beginning of something new, but I struggle in the follow through. Because I know this about my personality, making choices that are outside of my natural giftings often leave me feeling like a failure. Also, as a free spirit, regimented lists make me feel caged in and take the joy out of my life. I thrive when I have choices and options that aren’t inside a checkbox. If I am going to stick to anything long term and enjoy it, I have to consider my personality and love myself enough not to set myself up to fail.

3. I want to focus on the health benefits of Keto and not just the weight loss

For the first time in my life, I have completely shifted my focus from losing weight to a healthy lifestyle. That means when the scale doesn’t move like I think it should it doesn’t cause me to quit or look for the next “diet.” Instead, I focus on nonscale victories. I don’t want to track keto macros. I want to enjoy health.

Having had my last two babies in my forties, I want to do everything I can to live a long and healthy life for my family instead of focusing on my weight. Tracking macros would cause me to hyper-focus on weight loss. Since I am close to my goal weight, it is healthier for me to maintain and focus on a healthy lifestyle.

4. I don’t want to have to focus on calories, fats, protein, and carbs all day long

I enjoyed my first taste of food freedom the very first week I started keto. Although it took at least six weeks to become fat adapted, I remember feeling full after meals and staying satisfied for hours, which was such a change from what I was used to feeling.

Tracking macros would cause me to focus on meeting my percentages all day long instead of enjoying the freedom of becoming a fat burner and not experiencing hunger as often. I know me well enough to know that instead of enjoying food freedom, I would become completely overwhelmed. When I feel overwhelmed it almost paralyzes me, and I quit because it feels too hard.

5. I have three girls watching me

I don’t want my girls to look back over their life with memories of their mom obsessing over macros. I want them to grow up with a healthy body image. Instead of obsessing over the scale or calories I want them to know what it is like to eat when they are hungry, stop when they are satisfied, and not obsess about food again until they are hungry.

Navigating girls, especially, in this “thinner is better” world is not easy, and it weighs heavy on my heart. I know that many people can be very successful tracking macros without it having any kind of adverse effects, but for me, I know it would cause me to obsess about my weight and every bite of food that went in my mouth. As a result, my girls would notice. I want them to see a mom who is not tied to a scale, an app, or who has no control when it comes to food. I want them to see a mom who is free.

Evaluate What Works for You

Now, I am not saying that tracking macros is wrong in any way shape or form. I am merely stating my personal reasons for choosing to only count net carbs in my head. Many many people count macros very successfully and would probably feel very uncomfortable not being as regimented. My point is that you have to figure out what works for you. After a year of following a ketogenic lifestyle, I have found what works for me and makes this way of life simple. In this season of my life, I know that simple is the most significant indicator of long-term success, at least for me. Also, I know myself well enough to know that I would judge the success of my day by how well I hit my macro goals. If I hit them, the day would be a success, and if I didn’t, I would vow “to do better the next day.” There is so much more to me than the foods I put in my mouth. My greater callings in life are a wife and a mother and how I treat my family and others. Food has no bearing on who I am; it is merely something I need to fuel my body: therefore, I won’t give it power over my heart or mind.

Why I Love Food Freedom

It has taken much trial and error for me over the past year, but I love the fact that food is not the boss of me. When I wake up in the morning, food rarely crosses my mind. I can feed my kids breakfast without eating a single bite if my body is not calling for food. I don’t think about snacking unless I get hungry, and when faced with a situation where I can’t eat for a while, I am not phased. Food no longer controls my mind or my day. I am not seduced into submission by sugar or feel out of control when faced with foods outside of my lifestyle choice. I know I can go on vacation, or even enjoy a day outside of plan now and then and still go right back to a ketogenic lifestyle. I’ve experienced the scale move, my body composition change, better sleep, and many many other health benefits that I’m excited about the past year, but my greatest accomplishment has been experiencing freedom and breaking the guilt/shame cycle with food.

In conclusion, find what works for you! Don’t judge yourself by someone else’s lense or accomplishments. Consider nonscale victories, focus on long-term health choices, and the weight will come off. Whether you choose to count macros or not, remember, your weight is not who you are! Your value is not determined by a scale, or a particular size all of those things are subject to change. Separate your who from your do and make the best choices that will bring you long-term success.



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  1. Great article. Thank you. I too only count net carbs because I don’t want to stress daily whether I hit my macros either. I am 10 lbs from my goal weight and if I get there I’ll be super pumped but if I don’t at least I have learned what I can or should eat and has been fairly easy to maintain this way of eating. Continued success in your life.

    1. Finally! A keto blogger I can relate to! I’m new to keto and I enjoy thecfoids I can eat. I love that some days I’m only hungry for 2 meals and some days I hsve several small meals, that I eat when Im hungry and stop when I’m content…no more stuffng myself. I’m losing weight and feeling better mentally and physically. I have a carb tracking app for he purpise of tracking my net csrbs and to keep track of foods I’m eating and to plug in new recipes. I was not expecting to have to track macros as well. And the community boards are loaded with people insisting on tracking macros. As far as I’m concerned, avoiding wheat, grrains and sugars especially in social settings is challenging enough (though not nearly as hard as I feared(. Not to mention scrutinising food labels more than ever, spending more on groceries because the healthier options are always more expensive (i.e. al.omd flour vs whest flour, a bag of nuts vs a bag of chips). Plus, there’s alot more food prep ( making homemade mayo and caulifkour rice in ADDITION to the usuall prep work for a dish. All of those things are challenging until you get into your own groove with it, and can be overwhelming for some of us. Adding in stressing over my macros doesnt work for me. I noticed that, even though I’m not trying to track all my macros, I do notice where they are since I do log my food and carbs. My fat and calories are always high and my protein tends fo be a little too low most days. Even when I eat small portions of the right foods, my calories are high. But I don’t eat when I’m content or sliightly full, and that’s a huge improvement from my pre-keto behavior. I just want to remain aware of what I can and cannot eat and renjoy the foods I eat, as well as the process of learning to cook in a whole new way, and not eat more than my body is telling me to eat. Counting macros would turn it all into a chore for me, rather than an enjoyable challenge. Will I ever need to tweak any of my macros? Probably, but hopefully by then I’ll just be able to look back at how much food I was eating and see if I can cut back on any of them, rather than looking at numbers all day long.

  2. Kasey, thank you so much for this post. I am just starting my weight loss journey/getting into keto and your reasons for not counting macros helps remind me of what’s important in life. I was overwhelmed even by the idea of having to figure out macros vs. my old lifestyle of eating whatever, whenever, without much care or thought put into it. Thank you for helping me remember that life is not all about the food I put into my body. Life is so much more than that.

  3. What you write is such common sense – something sadly rare on all too many diet style forums etc. One of the things that initially put me off eating keto was the sheer number of posters on some of the forums who seemed obsessed with numbers (not exclusive to keto forums actually). I prefer your way

    1. Yea, I just don’t have the brain space to make it difficult. It is so much easier to stick to when it fits into your life and doesn’t take over your life.

  4. Kasey, thank you SO much for this! I am a busy gal and my BF and I have decided not to do macros but just focus on eating keto and enjoying our lives. The scale and how I feel will tell me how I’m doing.

  5. Thank you your recipes sound amazing. I will be trying them. I’m not good at keeping track of everything so one less thing sounds so good I am 71 and may not have lost weight the way I hoped but my doctor was thrilled with my blood results. I’m keeping at it

  6. I started a lazy Keto approach last June, for my mood/anxiety. I lost weight and gained that food freedom you’ve described. What a gift <3

  7. Thanks for posting this – it eased my guilt over ignoring my app last month at the beach! I spent 30 days not tracking, and kept my goal weight. Now for the bloodwork to look good…..

    1. Sure! I’m glad it was helpful. I’ve been eating keto for over 22 months and my bloodwork is fantastic.

  8. Thank you, Kasey. I started Keto at the end of November last year and I was obsessed with my app and counting everything!!!!! I mean everything! Then a ‘switch’ flipped and I realized I needed to stop my roller coaster ride. Like you I’ve been BIG and I’ve been thin and I needed to live my life and not let food live my life for me. So I stopped tracking but sticking with Keto foods because I liked the lifestyle. I’ve lost weight just not fast like other people and that’s okay because I’m happy and happy with my progress. Thanks again, Kasey! Oh and I love your recipes ?

  9. Thanks for the insightful article. I have been eating LCHF/Keto now for about 4 months and have adopted a similar approach, mainly as the idea of weighing everything I eat just seems so impracticable (my salads I have for lunch typically would have 10+ ingredients in them…weighing every ingredient would take more time than making the salad!) I am also busy with work etc and just don’t have the time to devote to that.
    However, my question is – how do you make it work if you’re not tracking macros. I presume this is just a matter of sticking to ‘keto friendly foods’ and maybe also testing ketones from time to time by way of feedback. Is that the approach you take?

    1. I certainly understand being too busy to try to count every thing! It is much easier for me now because I am below my goal weight. I eat keto but, for special occasions or vacation, I will have off plan days. I just jump right back in afterwards and don’t let it get me off track. I also eat when I am hungry and, when I feel full, I stop eating. This works well for me. Each person has to find what works best for them.

  10. This is a really great article, and just the thing I needed to read today. I’m back on the keto train after a couple of years off the diet. I’ve decided to also not worry too much about the macros and just enjoy life and eat what I know is good for me. It’s been hard to find good resources for keto that aren’t obsessed with numbers. I’m very happy to have found your site. Thanks for all of the helpful info!

    1. I’m so glad it was helpful! Thank you for taking the time to comment. Blessings to you on your journey.

  11. Kasey, what do you think about eating out while on diet? I am concerned is it good idea? Or better to stick with homemade food? I am wondering because sometimes i eat out. I discovered one that few places do low carb meals, i saw list of places do low carb

    1. With 4 kids, active in sports and church we do eat out several times a week. Eating out and sticking to keto friendly foods is typically easy.

  12. Thank You for being so honest. Fact is you have written what so many of usare feeling and thinking. This is the way I do Keto. The counting was driving me crazy. I couldn’t relax. I do the best I can everyday. I seldom cheat and eat Omad. I’m loosing maybe not as much as others but feeling so much better about myself. Thank You again.

  13. Love this. I am restarting keto this week and not only do I have a constitutional aversion to math in general, except for the simplest forms, I’m an overthinker/overanalyzer with some food triggers and thought patterns that need to be adjusted. Consequently, the best thing for me is to make eating as simple as possible.

    1. When I started I counted net carbs in my head. I’m in maintenance mode now and have eaten this way for so long I just know what foods are low carb.

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