WHAT ARE MACROS⁉️
I get this question a lot.
Macros is short for macronutrients- fats, carbs, and protein- that make up food. They account for the calorie count on each food, and each macro provides different nutrients and different energy per gram.
1 gram of fat = 9 calories
1 gram of carb = 4 calories
1 gram of protein = 4 calories
Beyond the calorie count, each macronutrient provides different benefits to the body.
🥜FAT~ support cell growth, protects organs, helps your body absorb other nutrients and produce hormones. Examples: olive oil, coconut oil, nuts 🥜 avocados 🥑
🧁CARBS~ the MAIN source of energy for your body, especially the brain 🧠 Carbs also help fuel your central nervous system, kidneys, and heart ❤️ Carbs are stored are glycogen in the muscles 💪🏼 which promotes muscle growth. So if you work out, carbs are even more important. Muscles cannot grow without glycogen.
Examples: rice 🍚 oats, potatoes 🥔
🍣PROTEIN~ the building block of bones, muscles, skin, and even your blood. The body uses protein to build and repair tissues. It also takes longer to digest, so it can reduce appetite and really help in your weight loss journey. It is the least likely of the macros to be stored as body fat. Examples- eggs 🍳 fish 🐠 chicken🍗 , beef, seafood 🦞, and vegan sources like pea, tofu, and tempeh.
Every single food is made up of these macros. Should you track your macros? That’s another topic for another post 😉 If your goal is to create a fit lifestyle, aim to eat a balanced diet of fats, carbs, and protein at each meal. If you want to compete someday or do a photo shoot and get a more shredded physique, tweaking macros to certain percentages is more important.
Drop me a DM if you still have questions!! 🤙🏼 Need help learning to count macros? Drop a comment if you want to see a post about that 👇🏼