Counting Macro’s: the nutritional change you need?
I’m counting macros. I’m flexible dieting. Nett carbs count.
I have no idea what I’m eating!
The world of nutrition is full with so much information, adverts, advice and jargon - but getting your nutrition right for you is pivotal!
Not only for your performance in the gym, but also your everyday health and even the length of your existence!
So what are macro’s? Macronutrients - protein, fat and carbs. Each have different processes for the body and each have a greatly different effect on how our body functions.
They also contain varied levels of calories:
Protein = 4 calories per gram
Fat = 9 calories per gram
Carbohydrates = 4 calories per gram
( Alcohol is also 9 calories per gram and has little or no nutritional benefit! )
So how you put your nutrition together depends on the balance of these nutrients.
But there is so much more too it that calories in and calories out, a few key points are:
- Micronutrient content, these are the vitamins, minerals and all other aspects of food that continue to our overall health. Natural, grown foods are likely to be high in micronutrients and bland, colourless processed foods are likely to be devoid of thee nutritents or have them artificially added (although they’re present, in many instances the added nutrients are not as bioavailable to the body as natural)
- Fat is higher in calories, but it should make up a good total amount of your food intake. Fat, healthy fats well managed, doesn’t make you fat!! Healthy fats like avocado, extra virgin olive oil and nuts are incredible health and contribute to many of the most important functions of the body.