The Best Online Macro Calculators (and Why You Need a Nutrition Coach)

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Macro calculators? This is one of the most common questions that I receive from prospective clients: Why do I need a nutrition coach when I can just use a free online macro calculator?

While you can find a dime-a-dozen free macro calculator out there (hell, even a keto macro calculator), they only take into account a few variables and then output numbers – they do not account for the whole picture, and there’s a reason why no one finds long-term success with just an online calculator.

What do I need a nutrition coach?

I mean, think about it. You would hire a coach or a personal trainer to help you improve your fitness, so it doesn’t make sense that you wouldn’t do the same with your diet, right? And this is arguably the much harder part! Macro calculators only do the first part of the work – a coach takes it above and beyond, taking into account what an online calculator has no way of doing. How much sleep are you getting? Are you training for an endurance event? What’s your alcohol intake? Do your workouts leave you feeling energized or fatigued? Macros are just one part of the equation. It’s knowing these lifestyle factors and adjusting macros accordingly that can make all the difference!

Simply put, a nutrition coach can help you make changes based on what’s working and what’s not working. A macro calculator can give two different people the same set of numbers, but each of them may respond differently. For example, some people thrive on a higher carb diet while others feel great eating higher fat. Working with a nutrition coach ensures that your numbers don’t have to remain stagnant. They can be adjusted accordingly, which takes so much of the anxiety and guesswork out of it!

Lastly, a nutrition coach holds you accountable! Yeehaw! Just like you are more likely to stick to a workout plan if you have a buddy or trainer, you are more likely to stick with a nutrition plan if you have someone to check-in with, answer questions, and encourage you all along the way. 

And if you’re someone like me, who generally knows what to do when it comes to healthy eating, but needs the extra accountability, we have an awesome one-on-one nutrition coaching program. You have the choice of a 4, 8, or 12-week plans with a coach, and its purpose is to TEACH you about macros, so you can take what you learn and implement it into your life for long-term results. I like to say, it’s the last “diet” you’ll ever try! 🙂

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