The word Macros is just the shortened version of the word macronutrients which is the fats, carbs and proteins each of these macronutrients provides energy in the form of calories that are supplied from the foods that you eat. Yes, you should definitely count them.
The most important macronutrients that you should care about on the ketogenic diet are fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. It’s important that you track them, at the very least in the beginning. This will let you see how you’re doing. You would be surprised at how much we fool ourselves sometimes, and how many unknown carbs can find their way into our diet.
Tracking your macros will also help if you have a stall in your weight loss. You’ll be able to experiment with things you’re eating and see what is causing the problem.
There are many apps you can chose from. I have tried a few different ones. I’d recommend trying different ones until you find one that works for you, if you are more of a pen and paper kind of person that’s ok too. What’s important is that you are tracking all the food and beverages that you eat or drink. The goal here is for it to just become a habit.
There are two ways you can track the food you eat, and I’m not talking about the apps you use, I’m talking about the how and when you enter your food into the app you are using.
I know there are a lot of people that track their food at every meal they eat, but then at the end of the day they are trying to figure out how to get the rest of their fat in without increasing their carbs or protein. There are even some people who have drank MCT oil or coconut oil just to reach their fats for the day. Doing this isn’t a great way to get your fats for a couple of reasons. One, if you’re not already fat adapted having too much MCT oil or coconut oil at one time can cause your stomach to be upset. Two, you could spend the next couple of hours running to the bathroom because the MCT oil or coconut oil went right through you. Third, it's important to have the correct macros at each meal not just at the end of the day.
When tracking my meals, I do it all at one time. Every morning after I get up when I’m drinking my cup of coffee I figure out what I want to eat for the day and I add it all in to my app in the order that I will eat it. Then I check the breakdown of the macros. And I can add or change out the foods I was planning on eating in order to reach my macros. This way I’m not scrambling at the end of the day to try and figure out what I can add to reach my numbers because I can’t take away what I’ve already eaten. But by putting in all my food before I’ve actually eaten anything I can go back and swap something before I’ve had it. This works really well for me. In the end you can do it however you like, all that’s important is that you are tracking.