More than ever before we're all trying to be conscientious about our bodies. We're all realizing that we need to combine healthy eating with regular exercise. Those who have taken to watching what they eat might have come across the term "macro" before, but do we really know what it means? We're looking at what all the fuss is about and whether counting them can really help you to lose weight.
Essentially, macronutrients, or macros, are the molecules found in food that our body converts to energy. They are broken into three simple categories, carbs, fat, and protein. These macros are found in all foods and are a good way to keep track of how healthy your diet is.
On the nutrition labels of your food, you'll find the macro information so you'll quickly be able to calculate how many you've eaten. They break down as; nine calories per gram of fat and four calories per gram of either carbohydrate or protein.
Commonly, people who were trying to lose weight would count calories. The goal is to eat fewer calories than your body burns. There is an issue with blindly counting calories though, and you could end up eating many of the wrong types of foods. When just eating calories there is a risk that you'll be losing muscle as well as any excess fat, which is not something you want.
For instance, eating 100 calories of avocado (rich in fat) is going to be miles better for you than 100 calories of donut (empty carbs). When counting macros instead of carbs, you count the grams of fat, protein, and carbs eaten each day. That gives you a more accurate account of the food you're eating.
Finding your ideal
You might want to try some form of macro calculator to determine what is the right balance of macros for you. After all, everyone is different and you might be trying to lose weight, while others are looking to maintain it. Once you know how many macros you're aiming to eat, then you can start planning your diet around your needs. That's when counting macros will become an essential part of your weight loss journey.
The best way to keep on top of your macro intake is to download an app to your phone. That way every time you eat something you can log what you eat right away, plus some apps have huge databases of foods that instantly calculate your macros.
All you have to do is tell the app what food you have eaten and it will do the rest. This way you can visualize what you have already eaten in terms of macros and see what you should be eating later in the day.
A diet focused on balancing and counting macros is going to be better for you than simply counting calories. To put it in simple terms, eating 100 calories of a food that combines fat, protein, and carbs is better than chowing down on 100 calories of candy.