You might have heard the word “macronutrients” or short form “macros” before. If you’re new to this healthy lifestyle and healthy eating, you may catch yourself wondering, what are macros? Is it something I should be following, asking questions about, or eating?
It’s time to stop wondering, Calorie Wiz has the answer for you and is here to help you understand. Macros are building blocks that make up all the foods we eat. There’s 3: carbohydrates (carbs), fat, and protein. In order for our bodies to remain healthy, we encourage you to eat the right amount of each macro.
We know what you’re thinking, what is the right amount and how am I supposed to know? We all need different levels of macros in our daily caloric intake. Measurements that can help you figure it out are your body weight, your gender, age, and your level of activity or exercise. If you signed up for Calorie Wiz already, you should remember the quick survey we asked you during the sign-up stage. This was to help us identify your macro breakdown! If you did not sign up yet (we hope you will soon), we will take the guess work out for you!
Here are the macros in more detail:
These are the bodies preferred energy source as they are the ones that help us move! If you don’t get enough carbs, it can leave you lethargic, but too much carbs will spike your blood sugar and your hunger through the roof! We don’t want that, so that means you need to consume the correct amount as they are essential for our energy and brain function!
If you don’t know where to start, we will help you by outlining the best types of carbs to consume. There’s your fresh fruit or your whole grains!
- 1. Fresh fruit can include: apples, kiwi, pears, nectarines, peaches, oranges, mangos, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries
- 2. Whole grains can include: oatmeal, bulgur wheat, whole grain pasta, brown rice and barley
Similar to carbs, fats also provide energy and our bodies need this to help our immune system function, control our hormones and power our nervous system. Here’s the tip we have for you – if you consume too much fat, your body will store it so try to consume the right amount.
Here’s a few suggestions of where to start:
- 1. Walnuts
- 2. Seeds – flaxseeds and chia seeds
- 3. Coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil
- 4. Salmon
- 5. Avocado
You need lots of protein to recover from workouts and built your muscle. Protein suppresses your appetite to boot. If you were to add high protein foods to your diet, it will boost your immune system, support weight loss, and regulate your mood. It also helps for stabilizing your blood sugar, maintaining strong bones, protecting your heart health and slow your aging!
The best kind of protein to consume are:
- 1. Quinoa
- 2. Black beans and lentils
- 3. Organic chicken, salmon, grass fed beef
- 4. Eggs, yogurt, goat cheese
- 5. Almonds
- 6. Protein powder
Now that you have a better understanding of what macros are and how they help build and maintain our bodies, it’s time for you to try incorporating these into your meals! Just remember – you need the right amount of each and Calorie Wiz can help you monitor your intake!