How much work/time/effort is this going to be for me?

This is a great question and to be completely honest if you have never tracked your food before, at the onset this is going to be a lot of work. There’s a learning curve but that doesn’t last forever. You’re going to spend a good bit of time reading food labels and wondering what in the world you can put together to fit your macros. 

It gets better! It gets easier! Remember when you first learned to ride a bike? It was hard. You started on a tricycle, then needed a spotter on two wheels, you fell and got back up many times until eventually you got the hang of it and now you’ll never forget. Tracking your macros is similar. It’s hard at first, it takes a little learning and more brainpower than you’re using now to put together a meal. But like riding a bike, it gets easier! After a few weeks, you will fall into a routine, learn the nutritional composition of your favorite meals and it becomes second nature. 

This is all part of learning what your body needs and how to best fuel your day.