What Are Macros?

The purpose of this blog is to educate you, the reader, on the importance of macronutrients (macros).  This information is not in any way a meal plan; we are all different so our macro requirements will differ from one another.   Becoming aware of your daily macros, and keeping track of them to remain consistent, will help you in achieving your goals. Whether your goal is fat loss, muscle building, or general health, you should be properly utilizing macronutrient content for success. 

In simplest form, macronutrients make up the caloric content of the food that you eat.  They are needed for growth, energy, and several other body functions.  The three categories of macronutrients are fat, protein, and carbohydrates.

Fat

Dietary fats are essential for giving your body energy, support cell growth and are key to produce important hormones in your body. Healthy sources of fat include avocados, whole eggs, fatty fish, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil.

What happens if I consume too many fats?  You may experience weight gain and possible increase in cholesterol and risk of heart disease.

What happens if I don’t consume enough fats?  You may experience low energy levels and increased chances of over eating.

Carbohydrates

Carbs are defined as the sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products.  Carbohydrates are important but not essential to an individual’s diet. Instead, they are a significant in fueling the central nervous system and providing energy.  Healthy sources of carbohydrates include oatmeal, rice, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and fruit.

What happens if I consume too many carbs?  You may experience weight gain and be at an increased risk of diabetes.

What happens if I don’t consume enough carbs?  You may experience low energy levels, constipation, and nutritional deficiencies.

Protein

The main function of protein is to build, strengthen and repair muscle and tissue.  Healthy sources of protein include lean meats, eggs, Greek yogurt, beans, and whey protein.

What happens if I consume too much protein?  You may experience constipation and chronic dehydration.

What happens if I don’t consume enough protein?  You may experience muscle loss, weakness and a weakened immune system.

For some of us, counting our macronutrients is effortless, and for others, it’s like walking into a calculus exam.  Don’t worry, we understand your frustration!  To help you begin tracking your macro intake, we recommend you try an app like MyFitnessPal which allows you to track your macronutrients easily and helps you to identify the proper macronutrient intake to reach your goals.