What are Macros and why should I be counting them?
Here at Rail City Nutrition Center we do not believe in fad diets. We are true believers in the tried and true method for weight loss and weight gain – eating a calorie deficit to lose and eating a calorie surplus to gain. As the old adage goes, abs (and most things having to do with changing your body) are made in the kitchen! We also recommend weight training and other exercise to help reach your goals and live a healthier life. Unsure what all of that means? Then first, let’s dig into what macros are and why you should be counting them!
What are macros?
“Macro” is short for macronutrient. What is a macronutrient? They’re the three categories of nutrients you eat the most and that provide you with most of your energy: protein, carbohydrates and fats. So counting macros means you’re counting the grams of proteins, carbs and fat that you’re consuming.
Why Count Macros?
Now that we know what macros are, let’s discuss why you should be counting them! Knowing what your macro intake is will help you adjust your diet to stay inline with your goals.
Counting macros can help you:
- Lose stubborn fat
- Maintain lean muscle mass
- Keep your body satisfied
Most popular apps, such as MyFitnessPal and Spark People, will help you easily keep track of your macros.
But How Many Macros Should I Eat?
There is no standard amount of macros every person should eat. It is different for each person and depends on your height, weight, activity level, age and personal goals.
First you’ll need to figure out your daily caloric intact – those same apps that help track your macros can help you determine your calorie goal and macro percentages.
No matter your goal, try keeping track of your macros for a week to get a better understanding of what you are putting into your body! Even with your macro counting, you want to pay attention what foods you are choosing – you’ll want to continue to “eat the rainbow” and add in some superfoods to keep your body in tip-top condition on both the inside and out!
Another option is to speak with a Registered Dietician or a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant. If you’d like referrals to either of these, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the store to chat!
Moderation is Key
We are also firm believers in moderation. Eating a super strict diet does take work, and in order for most people to not fall off the wagon, you need to give yourself a break every now and again. Have a cheat meal once a week, or allow yourself a square of dark chocolate a day. Find what works for you, that won’t make you crave more, but takes the edge off when you need it. And if you misstep once or twice, accept it and move on! Don’t look at is as a failure and let the train go off the tracks. We’re all human and sometimes we give in, it’s how we respond that sets us apart!
To sum everything up – Counting macros and knowing what you are putting into your body can help you in your weight loss or gaining goals. While nutrition is key to keeping your weight in check and living a healthy lifestyle, exercise is also important. And lastly, before starting a new diet or exercise routine, you should always consult your doctor to make sure it’s a safe and healthy thing to do for you.
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