Sharing my tips on how to calculate and track macros to reach your goals.
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Today, I wanted to talk about macros and macro tracking! This is a tool that I’ve used on an off for years, but haven’t done a full post about it. If you’ve ever wondered about the significance of tracking macros, this beginner’s guide is here to break down the concept and help you navigate the world of balanced nutrition.
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How to calculate and track macros
What Are Macros?
Macronutrients are the essential nutrients our bodies require in relatively large amounts to function optimally. There are three primary macronutrients:
Proteins: Crucial for muscle repair and growth, proteins are composed of amino acids. Sources include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, legumes, and plant-based options like tofu and tempeh.
Carbohydrates: The body’s primary energy source, carbohydrates come in the form of sugars, starches, and fiber. Common sources include fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
Fats: Essential for hormone production, brain function, and energy storage, healthy fats are found in avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fatty fish.
The Role of Macros in Your Diet
Balancing macros is about understanding the role each plays in your overall diet. Proteins support muscle health and aid in satiety. Carbohydrates provide quick energy, and fats offer sustained energy and support various bodily functions. We need all of these macros, and also by including a balance of macros in our nutrition, we can support blood sugar levels, preventing energy dips and crashes.
Why Track Macros?
Tracking macros involves monitoring the amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats you consume daily.
While it may seem meticulous, it can offer several benefits:
Precision in Nutrition: Tracking macros allows you to fine-tune your diet, ensuring you meet your nutritional needs without excess or deficiency.
Customization: Every individual is different. Tracking macros enables you to tailor your nutrition to your specific goals, whether they involve weight loss, muscle gain, or maintenance.
Educational Tool: It provides an educational experience, helping you understand the nutritional composition of various foods and making informed choices. I find that sometimes macro tracking offers MORE flexibility for clients as they implement foods that they used to fear or avoid from years of dieting.
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