Not sure exactly why, but it seems to have taken till 2018 for the general public to start getting interested in the importance of macro’s. This is so odd to me, because eating this way is simple science, and you’d think we’d at least come this far!
So not to belabor the point, I’ll move on, and straight into the big question….
WHAT THE F*#k ARE MACROS?!
A macro (macronutrien), is what makes up the caloric content of food. There are three kinds of macronutrients.. protein, carbohydrates and fat.
1 gram of protein is 4 calories
1 gram of carbohydrates is 4 calories
1 gram of fat is 9 calories
The phrase “tracking macros” refers to the practice of eating a planned number of grams per macronutrient per day, within an allotted number of calories.
The tricky part can be finding what numbers (how many grams for each macro) work for your body. They are calculated based on height, weight, age, activity level and goals. Goals can be adding muscle, losing fat, body or maintenance. Though there are macro calculators on the Internet, I advise seeing a real person to give you a personal assessment and your calculated macro goals.
Once you discover your goal macro ranges, its all about tracking. There are several apps that make inputting and tracking your food super easy. I love MyFitnessPal, and include a tutorial for using it, in my nutrition sessions with my clients, along with custom macro calculations.
I hope this clears up the macro mystery for you. If you are working out, and not seeing results, chances are it’s your nutrition. If you’re still totally confusing…then just come to me!...that’s what I’m here for! ;)