Have you been hearing the term macros lately? It’s another name for macronutrients and they’re important to weight wellness. There are three categories of macros - carbohydrates, fats, and proteins – and the combination of them is what fuels your body whether you’re a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or someone seeking improved overall health through weight wellness.
If you’ve found yourself counting calories and not losing weight, suffering from mid-afternoon lack of energy, or not reaching athletic goals, it’s time to think about tracking your macros. I have found most people are not overeating calories, they are simply not eating the right amounts of each macro category. Let’s take a look at what carbs, fat, and protein look like in calories and grams.
· 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories
· 1 gram of fat = 9 calories
· 1 gram of protein = 4 calories
Many people stand on the scale and want the number to change. They adjust calories and increase their need for nutrition by increasing their daily fitness routine. The conflict is that you may be limiting the gains you are so desperately trying to achieve.
Why Macronutrients are Important to Weight Wellness
Imagine if I told you to get in your car, put in less fuel than last week, then drive that car farther and faster than you have before. It wouldn’t be a successful trip. Your car needs gasoline, oil, and water in all the right amounts and in the right places. The same goes for your body; our bodies need carbs, fats, and proteins in the right amounts and in the right places. If you are filling your protein tank with carbs and fats you are neglecting an important aspect of your nutritional needs and your results will suffer.
Weight management is more than counting calories.
For those simply counting calories, eating below your daily intake needs will help with weight loss, but if that weight loss is accompanied by lean muscle loss you are setting yourself up for long-term failure. Lean muscle and higher metabolism are directly connected. For those who have lost weight in the past only to gain it back and more, you have seen the results of slowing your metabolism. Losing lean muscle slows your metabolism which in turn makes putting on fat happen faster. Balanced nutritional intake with the proper distribution of fat, carbs, and protein allows you to have a less restrictive food plan with greater results.
For those who have found your own success, I applaud you, but many people lack the time or knowledge for effective food prep. This is where supplementation can be of most benefit. Personally, I prefer to have less time in the kitchen and use nutrition supplementation to ensure I am getting my correct balance of macros. I do this by tracking my meals and snacks then filling in the gaps with my shakes and other supplements.
If you are looking to improve your daily intake or are just ready to try something different to see if it works, I am happy to help you with your journey toward weight wellness through macros tracking and high-quality nutritional supplementation!
- Healthy fats include avocado, coconut oil, and certain nuts.
- Healthy carbs include berries, sweet potato, and other plant-based carbohydrates.
- Healthy protein includes eggs, wild caught salmon, and grass-fed beef and quality whey and non-dairy protein.
These examples of healthy foods came from the book The Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel [not sponsored]. We aren’t talking a strict keto diet here but some of the same principles apply.
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