Many people feel as if they are eating all the right foods, but never achieve the results they are expecting. Knowing what to eat and how much to eat is a dilemma many people face daily. Actually, it is more about tracking and counting macronutrients than it is about counting calories.
Macronutrients (macros), are the nutrients your body needs daily in order to function optimally. The three macros your body needs are carbohydrates (carbs), proteins, and fats. Each macro serves a special role in your overall health and this means it is important you are consuming each macro in the right balance each day.
Let’s take a look at each macro and the role they play in your health.
Unfortunately, carbs get a bad rap in the diet industry. But the truth is… they are your body’s preferred source of energy. And let’s face it… with everything we have to do in each 24-hour period, WE NEED ENERGY!
When you consume carbs, they are immediately converted into energy for your body. There are two types of carbs – complex and simple. The complex carbs burn slower and give your body a more sustained energy source. The simple carbs burn fast and are used up quickly. Healthy carbs also promote a healthy digestive system and cholesterol levels.
Protein provides your body with amino acids – these are the building blocks of the body – and aid in the building and repair of your muscles, brain, nervous system, blood, skin, and hair.
Your body can produce 11 amino acids on its own, but there are 9 amino acids, known as essential amino acids, you must consume through your diet. Complete proteins contain all the essential amino acids. Incomplete proteins only contain some. So, if your protein sources are incomplete, you will have to put together a plan that includes complimentary incomplete proteins so your body is getting all of your essential amino acids.
Fats are another macro that get a bad rap in the diet industry, but healthy fats are very important in your overall health. Healthy fats provide insulation, proper cell function and protection for your vital organs.
The key to fats… consume them in proper portion and consume only “healthy” fats! Fats come in unsaturated, saturated, and trans-fat forms. Unsaturated fats are your healthier forms of fat. Saturated fats tend to be unhealthy. And trans-fats are to be avoided at all costs!
How much of each macro should you consume?
This is not a one size fits all question. Each person has a different body, different goals, and different dietary needs. As a Nutrition Coach, I help people put together their perfect plan to reach their goals and live their healthiest life. A good first step is to begin tracking what and how much you’re currently eating in a food logging app.
What are your best choices for each macro?
So what are your best food choices to be sure you are eating healthy? Get your free Healthy Food Choices guide and follow these recommendations.
Nutrition is one of the 3 main pillars to your health. And imagine, with just a few simple nutrition changes, you will feel better, look better and live better. Get ready… people are going to notice! Schedule a free coaching call with me so we can put together a plan just for you.