What Are Macros?
There is no way to hide from Macros if you want to get into amazing shape. The term macro is short for macronutrient. “Macro” means large or big. So macros are the nutrients that make up the bulk of our diet. There are three subgroups of macronutrients: Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat.
Contrary to popular belief, carbs are not your enemy! Carbohydrates are one of the primary sources of energy for your body! They are not “bad” for you. There are 2 types of carbs: Simple and Complex. The trick is picking the right ones, not completely eliminating them from your diet.
Simple carbs are basically sugars. Milk and some whole fruits are simple carbohydrates. Other examples include corn syrup, sugary drinks, and baked goods with added sugar. It’s important to recognize simple carbs in your diet so you aren’t consuming too many.
These are the carbs that are more nutrient dense! Did you know that vegetables are technically complex carbohydrates? Examples of complex carbs also include: brown rice, oats, fruits, and beans. These examples should be plentiful in your diet!
Just like carbs, there are different types of fat. Some fats are better for you than others. Fats play a vital role in our bodies so it’s important to consume them on a regular basis. Some examples of healthier fats are salmon, avocados, eggs, tuna, nuts, and olive oil.
Protein is essentially the building blocks of muscle and is part of a balanced diet. When it comes to picking your protein, lean animal and plant sources are the way to go! Some good sources of protein include plain greek yogurt, skinless chicken or turkey, eggs, cottage cheese, peas, spinach and beans.
Why Do People Count Them?
Counting macros is something you may have heard, but what does it mean and why do people do it? Now that we know what macros are, you can see how tracking them leads to a more balanced diet. Tracking or counting your macros can also help you achieve fat loss or whatever you fitness goals may be.
The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institutes of Medicine recommends the following ratios of macros:
- Carbs: 45-65 percent
- Fats: 20-35 percent
- Protein: 10-35 percent
These percentages are just a recommendation and will vary depending on your fitness level, weight, and goals. Here at Bad Athletics we recommend a high protein diet where you eat about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. These guidelines are helpful if you’re new to macros and want to start tracking them.
To get started with tracking macros we recommend using an app to help you! MyFitnessPal is great for beginners.
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