Confession: I used to avoid social events for fear of messing up my macros. I never admitted it — not even to myself really — but I did. The problem is, the entire point of tracking your food intake is actually to give you the freedom to enjoy social events and restaurants with friends and family so I knew my mindset was broken and that way of living was unsustainable.

If you’re brand-spanking new to tracking your macros, eating out can feel overwhelming. There’s no doubt about that. But, as long as employ accuracy when you’re home and have full control over what you’re cooking, then the days where you estimate have less impact.

On those other days — when you’re at a social event or restaurant — the next best thing to do is use your hands to track your food. It’s a great strategy to keep things in line without having you miss out on fun events.

Here’s our guide:






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