What Are Macronutrients And Why Are They Important?
You’ve maybe heard of macros or macronutrients before, but what exactly are they?
And why is knowing what these types of foods are so important to your overall health and nutrition goals?
In today’s post I’ll share with you examples of macronutrients, what they are and how they serve as a big part to the foundation of your health.
What Are Macros?
Additionally, what’s important to know is that these specific types of nutrients are responsible for the calories in your food.
We’ll help show you a fun and simple way to count calories and track your macros a little later on in this post.
But first let’s take a look at how these nutrients affect your body individually.
How Macros Affect Your Body
You’re most likely aware that not all foods impact your body the same. Some are transformative and have positive effects for you, and others are obviously devastating. (Like sugar from your favorite candies and Starbucks drinks, or fast food like McDonalds).
Because fats, proteins and carbs all serve to help your body in a multitude of ways, let’s spend a few minutes discovering how each of these nutrients
A simple way to understand the impact of carbohydrates on your body is to know that carbs fuel your body with energy. So when you eat carb based foods, your body converts this food to glucose and either uses this sugar immediately or stores it as glycogen for later use.
Complex carbohydrates, so foods like starchy vegetables and whole grains also promote digestive health for your body because they're high in dietary fiber.
The primary function protein serves is to help you grow, repair, and build muscles. Proteins are made of amino acids, which are the building blocks in your body.
High-protein foods include poultry, beef, fish, soy, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products such as Whey Protein Isolate.
Fats are required for your body to do its job. Specifically, your body uses fats to absorb the vitamins, and to also help keep your body warm. Fats can also be used as energy, on a low carb diet or when you’re fasting.
Macronutrients & Counting Calories
Your macro ratio depends on your health and fitness goals, as well as how your body responds to particular foods.
There are many online services and apps, such as My Fitness Pal that can help you correctly calculate macros to your acquired goals.
But for now, here’s an easy way for you to better track and understand calories as they relate to your specific macronutrients.
One gram of carbohydrates provides 4 calories, one gram of protein provides 4 calories, and one gram of fat provides 9 calories.
How To Manually Calculate Your Macros:
- First, you need to know how many calories you eat (or want to eat) each day.
- Next, determine your ideal ratio. Example: 50 percent carbs, 25 percent fat and 25 percent protein.
- Then, multiply your total daily calories by your percentages.
- Finally, divide your calorie amounts by its calorie-per-gram number.
Track Your Macronutrients With TRULEANS Nutritional Tracker
After reading today's post you’ve now discovered what macro nutrients technically are and how they each individually impact your body.
Additionally, you discovered how to count and track your food intake.
If you find yourself now thinking that you’d like an easy way to track your macros click the link below and download TRULEANS official nutrient tracker!
It’s a fast, fun and easy way for you to monitor exactly how much you’re putting into your body and for you to be able to monitor your success and nutritional goals.
That’s all for today! Drop a comment below with and share how you plan on tracking your macros.