When you’re working towards an exercise goal, there are lots of things that you should take into consideration—other than the obvious amount of hours that you put into the gym.
Having a balanced diet is one of the most important things to consider, it’s something that you won’t be able to get in optimal shape without.
A part of your diet, which you probably hear people talking about watching all the time, is macros. But what are they, and why should you care about them?
What are macros?
To put it simply, macros are short for ‘macronutrients’ which is a term that is used to describe the three main groups of nutrients that our bodies need; proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
Why are they important?
Macros are super important, especially for those of us who are trying to hit our training goals, because they can help you to plan and make healthier food choices.
It’s like counting calories, but a step further as using macros you’re thinking more about the types of food you’re eating and how they can affect your body.
Counting your macros can help you to lose weight, get lean and keep your body satisfied without having to restrict or limit yourself.
How do I come up with my macros?
Counting macros isn’t a one-size-fits-all ideology, you have to decide on your macros after taking into consideration things like your height, weight, age and the personal training goals that you have set for yourself.
If you’re unsure of how to choose the right macros for you, you could speak to a professional trainer who will be able to come up with macros and a meal plan for you.
Generally, according to experts, the average adult’s diet should consist of:
● 10-35% protein
● 45-65% carbohydrates
● 20-35% fats
Again, this is just a guide so it’s always best to talk to a trainer or dietitian if you need more help. You can even use online tools that will help you to calculate the most accurate macros and calories for your training goals.
How do you keep track of your macros?
It may seem like it would be super difficult to keep track of everything that you eat in a day, especially if you don’t have a set meal plan from a trainer where everything has been calculated for you already.
Most people use apps like MyFitnessPal to keep track of their food and macros. These apps are great because you can easily add your food consumption, identify areas that you could optimise your diet, and clearly see how close you’re getting to your training goals.
We know that when you’re busy, it feels like you don’t have the time to do anything else, but if you’re serious about getting healthy and hitting your goals, taking the time to count your macros is one of the main things you can do that will make a big difference in your life.
How do you calculate your macros?
Fit Kitchen was founded in 2015 by aesthetic bodybuilder and athlete Amar Lodhia, who as a former CEO of a national charity and an entrepreneur with a very busy life faced the problem of eating in line with his training goals.
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