There’s no doubting that Shannon Collins was already fit in 2018.
Looking at pictures of the Indiana-based woman who posts on Instagram as @thegymnurse you can see that she’d already lost 30 pounds, or just over 13kg, since starting her weight loss journey three years ago following a low-carb lifestyle.
But her results went into overdrive when she switched from low-carb to counting macros.
Her post of three side-by-side photos are enough to ask, what’s a macro?
Rather than counting calories, it’s about counting the grams of protein, fat and carbs you need to eat to optimise weight loss.
For Collins, it meant going from avoiding carbs to eating everything – just in very specific portion sizes.
She started her weight loss journey by “trying to eat as little as possible” but when her results plateaued she started macro-counting and “the results have come.”
In a follow-up post, Collins explained she kept her workout the same, just adding 10-20 minutes of cardio, and attributed her weight loss to her new eating regime.
Macro tracking requires more dedication than counting calories. You need to stick to your numbers with the religious conviction of the newly converted.
For Collins, it’s worth it.
“I’m blown away by results,” she wrote in her follow-up post.
“So now I’m at a point where I try to follow numbers, but it’s okay if I go over because I’m happy where I’m at.”