Fahad does not encourage her clients to count calories, and she also doesn’t suggest they track macronutrients—at least not too intently. “I don’t want them counting gram by gram, just monitoring their eating, and make sure they’re eating a serving of protein, complex carbohydrate, and good fat at every meal,” she explains.
Why does a balance of all macronutrients matter? “It’s important for your weight, it’s important for your thyroid function, it’s important for your metabolic function, and it’s important for energy levels,” Fahad says. Wondering what the exact macronutrient breakdown should be? While it will vary for each person, Fahad suggests, “If you’re eating the right type of complex carbohydrates—like fruits, vegetables, lentils, beans, legumes, or whole grains—I would say 30 to 40% complex carbohydrates, 30 to 40% protein, and about 20% healthy fat. That’s a good range, and then you have a five to 10% wiggle room.”