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What Are

Macronutrients make up the majority of the food we eat. There are three main groups:

  1. Proteins.
  2. Carbohydrates.
  3. Fats.

Eating different amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fats will have different effects in our bodies. So by adjusting your macronutrient intake you can create the optimal ratio of protein, carbohydrate, and fat that will help you meet your specific health goals.

What are Macros?

How do Macros help my nutrition goals?

To explain this a bit further, everyone needs different amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fats because we all live very different lifestyles. Therefore, there is and never will be a one fits all diet. These are called FAD diets for a reason. Because what works for one person may not work for you.

Some of us sit at our desks all day long and hit up the gym for that intense HIIT class on their way home. Others may have a very active job where they are constantly walking around but don’t have much interest in any type of purposeful exercise. The foods that fuel these two types of activities are very different. The person sitting at their desk job does not burn a lot of energy throughout the day, but that HIIT class demands a lot of energy very quickly. To fuel that exercise your body needs a fuel source that burns quickly such as carbs. On the other hand the server or waitress that is walking around all day is burning through energy at a much slower pace and therefore needs a slow constant fuel source. Fats burn at a much slower pace but give us much more energy than carbs. 

So you see, It’s not black and white. It all depends. There are many factors that play into what and how much you as an individual should be eating. 

Who should follow a Macro Plan?

Macro plans are great for those who want to dial in on caloric intake and portion sizes. I always tell my clients if you are someone who knows what foods are good or bad and have good discipline then a macro plan is a great place to start.

Here are a few reasons you may want to consider a macro plan:

  • You want to lose a few pounds while also building muscle. Also known as body recomposition.

  • You want to support your athletic performance with optimum nutrition.

  • You want to lose weight but you’re not interested in a FAD diet.

  • You’re looking for long term sustainable weight loss.

Still not sure if Macros are right for you? I will gladly advise you personally and answer all your questions. Setup your free consultation today!