What the heck are Macros??
The full name for macros, is macronutrients, but all the cool kids just say macros.
Macros are what make up the calorie content of food. When you hear someone say they are counting their macros, they are referring to protein, carbohydrates and fats. So, macros = protein, carbs and fat. All 3 of these macros are made up of calories.
Fun Fact: Alcohol is also a macronutrients, but it isn’t required by the body
What does each Macro do?
Protein: helps muscle grow and repair, and keeps us fuller longer. You get it from meat, fish, eggs, yogurt, tofu, protein powder
Carbohydrates: our primary energy source. You get it from fruits, veggies, beans, bread, cereal, potatoes, pasta – really anything amazing!
Fats: regulate hormones, brain function and transports nutrients. You get it from avocados, nuts, salmon, dairy, egg yolks, olives
Why count Macros??
Anyone can lose weight, all you need to do is be in a calorie deficit. If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. Its that simple.
Lets say you are eating 1,200 calories a day to lose weight, where are those calories coming from?? Are those 1200 calories made up of cookies and chips, or are those 1200 calories made up of chicken, sweet potatoes and veggies?
Counting macros gives you an idea of where your calories are coming from. Focusing on macros promotes a more balanced diet by forcing us to take a hard look at the foods we are eating.
When we count macros, 30-40% of our total calories should be coming from protein. 30-40% should be coming from carbs and 20-30% should be coming from fats.
It’s best to look at the content of what you’re eating to ensure your body is getting the tools it needs to build a better you. If your goal is to have a poppin’ six pack and sculpted shoulders, then counting macros (especially protein) is the only way to prevent muscle loss and fat loss.
Counting calories can help you lose weight. Counting macros can help you lose weight, build muscle, have more energy, and get lean.
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