My client tells me that “Macros” are becoming the new thing; however she was unfamiliar with what that meant. So, what is a Macro? What do they do? How to they affect you?
Macronutrients and Micronutrients are nutrients broken down into these two categories to confuse us. ;) Just kidding, let me explain.
The body needs large quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats for energy,
these nutrients are called macronutrients.
Vitamins and minerals are called micronutrients
because the body needs smaller amounts of these nutrients.
Both nutrients are equally important and share many responsibilities. For example:
Proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, and some fatty acids regulate body processes such as; control of fluid balance and regulation of muscle contraction.
Proteins, lipids, minerals, and water contribute to body structure.
Carbohydrates, proteins and fats are the body’s ONLY source of energy.
How to do I figure out my MACRO numbers?
Below are a few baselines numbers dependent on your health goal.
The estimated general numbers above are a great way to get started but since everybody is different and there isn’t a one size fits all, I suggest you use a macro counting application. Once you figure your macronutrients I suggest you journal and track your food for at least a month to learn what foods and meal plans work best to meet your your numbers.
These two applications are my favorite apps for tracking and counting macros:
These are additional macro diet applications to try: