What are Macros and why are they important?
Macronutrients or ‘Macros’ are nutrients needed in large quantities by the human body. There are three major macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Macros provide calories which convert into our body’s main source of energy.
Carbohydrates: We have the greatest need for Carbs out of all three of these macros. Carbs are our body’s main source of fuel and can be used by the body easily for fuel. Carbs are mainly found in starchy foods like grains and potatoes and can also be found in fruits, vegetables, beans and some dairy in lesser amounts.
Protein: We need protein for growth and tissue repair, preserving lean muscle mass and energy when carbs are not available among other needs. Protein is mainly found in poultry, meats, fish, meat substitutes and in dairy products and other foods in lesser amounts.
Fat: Consuming fat doesn’t make you fat! In fact, consuming some fat is essential for survival. We need fats for normal growth and development, energy and to provide cushioning for our organs. There are three main types of fats: saturated, unsaturated and trans. Saturated and trans fats have been shown to increase the risk for heart disease. Unsaturated fats are the best fats to consume and are found in olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and avocado.
Achieving the right balance of Macronutrients is incredibly important to health and fitness goals, energy demands and overall wellness.
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