If by chance you haven’t met, let me introduce you to the Macronutrient, also lovingly known as the Macro. Everything in your fridge and pantry could be sorted into of one of the 3 macros: protein, carbs, and fat. There are other super nutrients in your food, called micronutrients.
If by chance you HAVE met the Macro you could have heard something like this definition from Urban Dictionary:
Noun. A term used by fitness people, usually bodybuilders, to describe the protein, fats, and carbs they must meet or stay under every damn day if they want to get results.
Ie: Man, I really want that pizza, but it doesn’t fit into my macros for today.
Here’s the goods on the Macro Trifecta:
In the beginning there was protein. Yes. This macro is king/queen. From rebuilding and recovery of muscle to maintaining all of your body’s structure it is an absolute essential building block. It has the most “thermic” (fat burning) effect of all the macronutrients. And, oh yeah it is the most ‘filling’ per calorie, and doesn’t impact blood sugar the way carbs can. So you’ll be fuller for a longer time. Can we say more about protein?! Yes. (Click here to read our blog article on Plant Protein)
Winners for best in Protein:
Poultry, Meats, Fish, Veggie protein powder, eggs and egg whites
The bless-ed carb. We want them. We crave them. And our bodies totally need them. Simple and Complex carbs give our bodies fuel to burn, energy for the brain, and important building blocks to restore our bodies. Our carb macros get a bad rap in come circles of thought. They can spike blood sugar and cause body fat gain. When balanced with the other macro buddies Proteins and Fats, Carbs can have you feeling great and keep your fat burning turned on on on!
Winners for best in Carbohydrate:
Whole grains (Brown rice, Oats, Quinoa, Millet), Fruit, Sweet potatoes, Squash
Here we are, post low-fat craze. Here we are loving our macro fats. Some of the things we love about our fats: most satiating of the macronutrients, lubricate joints, can boost mood, carries and delivers some of the most essential vitamins and minerals, so satisfying to taste. Our palate loves the fats. Last and best of all, they give you energy, turn off your hunger hormones, and help your body burn fat.
Winners for best in Fats:
Nuts, seeds, avocado, Nut butters, Oils (Olive, Coconut, Grapeseed, Sunflower seed)
We’ll give the 10,000 foot view of macro counting. Macro counting is a lifestyle where you set goals with each of the macronutrients to achieve specific goals.
Some of our favorite Macro Maniacs eat whatever foods they want to, with one caveat: the foods must fit within their macro portions. Ie: if you’re craving pizza, you can eat it and adjust other meals for the day to fit your macros.
Some Macro Counters keep their nutrition to foods that work best for them AND count macros.
The best way for you to learn about macro counting is to enjoy “Whole Day of Eating” videos on Youtube. Here’s your homework. Check out some “Whole Day of Eating” videos, and you’ll get the whole world of macro counting and see which plan would work best for you.
The perks of Macro Counting: It’s a lifestyle and not just a diet, whether you’re seeking to gain muscle mass or lose fat there’s a Macro plan that can help you achieve your goal, you can flexibility with no food deprivation, no rebounding like a bad breakup, you can eat foods you love AND reach your fitness goals.
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