You know what protein, fats and carbohydrates are, right? Well, in a nutshell, that’s macros. It’s the three important elements of a balanced plate of food and, when portioned correctly, helps you maintain a healthy diet without having to subscribe to measuring/eliminating/supplementing your foods throughout the day.
What foods do each macro-type include?
Carbohydrates: sugars, starches and fibres
Proteins: eggs, poultry, fish, tofu and lentils
Fats: oils, butter, avocado, meat, fatty fish and nuts
Why should I track my macros?
By keeping track of the calories and types of foods you eat, you can achieve specific calorie or macronutrient goals. You do this by considering the above three tiers that constitute macronutrients! Adequate intake of all will help build muscle and prevent muscle loss. It will help control appetite and assists with energy.
How do I know which macro breakdown I should be using?
This all depends on what your fitness goals are. To assist, we’ve got some guideline breakdowns for typical fitness goals in this diagram:
How can I track them?
Once you know how many grams of each macro you should be consuming on the daily, it is critical to track your food intake to determine you have some sort of follow through.
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