Why Macros matter
Are you hitting your calorie goals but still failing to lose weight? You may need to look at your macros to make sure you are eating the right sort of calories.
When it comes to the food you eat, calories only paint part of the picture. They represent a measure of the energy you consume, but they don’t explain the nutritional aspects of what you eat.
Counting calories ensures you get the right amount of energy as you work toward your weight-loss goals, but this process won’t help you make smart diet choices that will boost your health in the long run.
What are Macros?
All the food you consume consists of three macros: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. These are the building blocks of your food, and most items you eat provide two or even three macros.
One of the biggest differences between counting calories and tracking macros is that calories focus more on quantity, while macros highlight quality. In contrast, tracking macros often encourages you to make healthier food choices.
A healthy diet plan consists of a balance of all three macros, so it ensures that you consume enough carbs, protein, and fat while fueling your body with the right amount of energy.
If you’ve found counting calories hasn’t helped you achieve your weight-loss goals, finding and sticking to the right macro ratio could help.
To burn fat and lose weight, you’ll typically want to increase your protein and fat intake while decreasing your carb intake.
How do I know what macros I am eating?
It will be very difficult to track your macros manually but when using ’my fitness pal’ at the bottom of the diary on each day it will give you your macros breakdown.
Tracking macros might be more complicated than counting calories, but it’s likely to pay off. Prioritizing nutrients over energy can help you make healthier food choices while giving your body the fuel it needs to meet your goals.
What macro split?
This really varies depending on what your fitness goal is. An easy way to start is to aim for around 50% carbs, 30% protein and 20% fat. Remember that a diet higher in carbs and fat is going to going to mean you are more likely to put on weight so aim to increase your protein whilst reducing the fat and carbs.