Tabita is in our Military Challenge, the Challenges take the guess work out of what to eat, and you can too, go here to get your admission!
To count calories and macros or not... Pros and Cons:
* You learn food's nutritional value so you can mix and match your meals.
* You are less prone to face deficiencies in micros since you're aware of your food's nutrients.
* It makes it easy to track your intake so you can reach your fitness goals.
* The information is out there. You can't escape the truth which makes it easier to stay away from overindulging.
* Knowing your numbers is important for fat loss and muscle gain. No guessing, just tracking.
* With fat loss you'll notice your brain will try to stop further fat loss by increasing your appetite. If you are not aware, you'll eat up to compensate.
* You might get obsessed with counting and calculating, derailing your focus from other important things.
* It's easy to think 'sugar is sugar is sugar' and forget all other micronutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants that food contain. Food is more than just macros.
* You might fall into the trap of counting calorie expenditure in training and match it to calorie consumption, just to realize it does not add up or does not work.