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What's the Most Important Number to Hit?

May 12, 2023

“What’s the most important number to hit?”

I get that question a lot.

The truth is all of them but if you were holding a gun to my head here’s the order I would rank them if you only hit one or a couple.

  1. Calories
  2. Protein
  3. Water
  4. Fat
  5. Carbs

Calories are going to be the biggest effect on your body weight.  Typically, a person is at healthy body weight they have a better chance of being healthy overall.  By keeping those in check you likely aren’t eating a lot of unhealthy foods too!  It's really hard to stay at your calorie levels if you are just eating burgers and fries all the time.  

Protein is going to not only keep you full it is going to ensure you maintain your lean mass as you lose weight.  Protein will also help you feel satiated so that you don't have struggles with cravings.  

Water is just critical for your health... drink water!

Fat is critical for nutrient absorption and many key components in our body like cell membranes, parts of our brain, and hormones.  

Carbs aren't 100% critical for survival but many will thrive with the appropriate amount of carbs in their diet.  And no... you don't have to worry about carbs causing you to gain body fat.  

These recommendations are for the population in general.  There are certainly situations with individuals where certain areas will be more or less important.   If you are new to tracking, I would start with the order listed above when it comes to which numbers to focus on hitting early on.  


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