Macros vs. calories
Our calorie breakdown consists of three major macronutrients; protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Counting macros can be a little different from counting total calories. Macronutrients are the building blocks of our calories. There are 4 calories per gram of protein, 9 calories for one gram of fat, and 4 calories per gram of carbohydrates.
Macro #1: Protein
The most important macronutrient in our diets is PROTEIN, yet so many of us are under consuming it. Protein is an essential nutrient, responsible for many vital processes in the body, and we cannot live without it. Ingesting enough protein will stimulate our own muscle synthesis (yes for gains!), will improve recovery from training programs, and can help create a more satiating effect in our diets.
Macro #2: Fats
Fats are also essential nutrients, especially for our hormone production since cholesterol is a precursor for hormonal production and regulation. Our bodies are also capable of storing fat ( to create an energy supply in times of a calorie deficit). In addition, fat takes part in helping with vitamin absorption. It also just makes food damn delicious!
Macro #3: Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are not necessarily an essential nutrient, but glucose ( what is broken down from carbohydrates) is our primary energy source. Also, carbohydrate consumption is important in relation to fiber. Inadequate fiber intake has been linked to a higher mortality rate. However, carbohydrates are critical if you are an individual who wants them as a part of your diet. You may need them for fuel in your workouts and to help you feel your best. They also play a huge role in recovery.
Why should you track macros?
We live in a world full of information with all these “magical diets”. Extreme diets usually result in relapse. If you cannot see yourself sticking with your nutrition plan for a year, then it is not the right plan for you. What has worked for one person, may not be the best fit for another. Each of our bodies is intricate and complicated. I truly believe that the best diet is not about the diet itself, but the habits you can create and improve with nutrition that will allow you to lose more and maintain your fat loss!