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  • Writer's picturePaige Schindehette

What are Macros?

Counting macronutrients is a popular trend in the fitness world. Chances are, you've heard the term “Macros”. Mostly, this term is used by people who want to lose weight or gain muscle mass. Understanding macronutrients will help you fuel your body properly and in turn, you'll achieve a healthier lifestyle. In this blog, we are discussing What Are Macros. Let’s understand in detail!

Proteins, Fats, and Carbs are important nutrients that your body need in a large amount for normal growth and development. You need to understand what exactly "macros" are and why people need different ratios of them than others.

Proteins: For the building of hormones, enzymes, tissues, and immune function, proteins are very important. Proteins have FOUR calories per gram. It is recommended that protein comprise 10-35 percent of your total calorie intake, but this may vary depending on the composition of body, age, health, activity level and goals. Some protein-rich foods are Eggs, Tofu, Fish, and Chicken.

Fats: Fats provide NINE calories per gram and are known to have the most calories of all macronutrients. Let's get this straight, eating foods that are higher in fats will not make you fat!! Our body needs fat to create energy, and fats are also important for Body Temperature Management, Hormone Production, and Nutrient Absorption. It is recommended to intake 20-35 percent of your daily fats, and people who follow a planned diet can find success in eating a normal value of fat. Foods like Butter, Oil, Meat, Fatty Fish, Avocado, and Nuts are rich in fat.

Carbs: Like proteins, carbs provide FOUR calories per gram and make the largest portion of calorie intake in the daily routine meals. Carbohydrate intake is the most debated of all recommended macronutrients. Health organizations suggest that 45-60 percent of daily calories from carbs are essential to consume. Carbohydrates are found in foods like Sugar, Grains, Beans, Starches, Vegetables, Fibers, Dairy Products, and Fruits.

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