What are Macros? The Basics of Macros Explained

What are Macros? The Basics of Macros Explained

You might have been asking "What are Macros or Macronutrients?"

Macros are the categories of foods we eat everyday.

They include carbohydrates, protein and fats.

Each provides nutrients that make us happy, healthy, and strong.

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What are Macros? The Basics of Macros Explained

What are macros? The basics of macros explained

 

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Carbs

Carbohydrates are the “energy” and “protein saver.”

Carbohydrates or carbs are essential for having killer workouts and keeping muscle. They aid in repairing muscle with muscle glycogen. By maintaining a proper balance of carbs, your body will use less protein for energy, allowing you to retain muscle while living your life.

They provide important energy for the brain and keep our mood up. So where do we get these nutrients from?

They come from foods like sweets, chips, breads, cereals, rice fruit and veggies.

Examples of healthy carbs and cardohydrates

 

Protein

The next category is protein. These nutrients are the building block of muscle.

Protein contains amino acids which are directly linked to muscle cell development.  In order to maintain muscle tissue while working out, you have to maintain a balance of protein.

In other words, if you want muscle you need to eat your protein. Protein is also great because it keeps us full longer.

Protein can be found in meat, soy products, milk and yogurt and plant based protein products.

Examples of healthy lean proteins

 

Fats

The last category of macros is Fat.

Your body needs some fat for energy, to absorb vitamins, and to protect your heart and brain health.

Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are known as the “good fats” because they are good for your heart, your cholesterol, and your overall health.

Adding more of these healthy fats to your diet may also help to make you feel more satisfied after a meal, reducing hunger and thus promoting weight loss.

Examples of healthy fats

 

Macros make up the foods we eat everyday with carbohydrates, protein and fats.

Carbs are the energy our brains need, protein is the fuel our muscles need to grow and make us feel full. Fats satisfy us and allow us to absorb other nutrients we need.

Furthermore, 1 gram of a carb or protein equals 4 calories. While 1 gram of fat equals 9 calories.

So all of them combined help to make up your total daily caloric intake and they all work together to create a body that is strong and healthy.

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