When it is coming to the end of the day and I haven't hit my protein (but have hit or are close to other macros or calories), do I have something like a protein shake so I hit my protein (or get a lot closer) and go over on calories? Or stay under on calories and protein?
We always say to aim for your macros first and foremost. But let’s say that you go over on some macros, and maybe they weren’t as balanced as they usually are throughout the day, then stick to your calorie range as a gauge. So don’t hit your protein for the sake of hitting your protein if it means that you go way over on your calories. Either aim for macros as close as you can, or aim for hitting protein and overall calories. Also try to spread your macros out evenly at each meal and snack, so you don’t have a huge amount of macros left in one macro. For example you’ve hit your carbs and fats but you have like 40-50g protein left. That’s a tough one. Try to view your macros as 3 things that should work TOGETHER to build a well-balanced meal or snack. But keep playing around with it! We promise the more you practice, the more you’ll see how you can better hit those macros throughout the day, so you’re not left with wonky macros at night.