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What the heck are macros anyway?!

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

“Macros” is a nickname for macronutrients, which are in everything we eat. There are 3 categories of macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and all 3 are essential. Each macro contains a certain amount of calories:

Carb- 4 calories

Protein- 4 calories

Fat- 9 calories

So, for example, let’s say a bagel “thin” has 25 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fat, and 1 gram of protein- what does that mean? Let’s do the math:

25g carbs x 4 calories = 100 calories from carbs

1g fat x 9 calories = 9 calories from fat

1g protein x 4 calories = 4 calories from protein

Total = 100 + 9 + 4 = 113 calories

Ok so, who cares? Why would one count macros? Isn’t it enough to just count calories? Well, ensuring you’re consuming the right amount of calories is a great start, however, it is important to ensure your macros are in balance. This is because each one has a purpose.

Carb: primary source of energy; also necessary for optimal brain health and organ function. There are simple (digest quickly) and complex carbs (digest slower). Contrary to popular belief, carbs are not the enemy!

Fat: hormone regulation, supports cell growth, insulates the body, usually more filling, and helps absorb fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E & K

Protein: essential to building muscle, repairing tissue, boosting immunity, and assist in healthy aging. Composed of amino acids, 9 of which cannot be made in the body, so they must be consumed in the diet.

Protein is arguably the most commonly lacking macro in someone’s diet. Consequently, many times, when someone goes into a calorie deficit and has no regard for macros, they end up losing a lot of muscle with fat. This results in a weaker body, and the “skinny fat” look. By keeping protein high, you can protect the muscle and aim for more actual fat loss.

Long story short- you need all 3 of these. Having the right balance will help you feel better, perform better both physically and mentally, and look better! And who doesn’t want that?!

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