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What's a Macro?

I'm sure by now you've heard of macros or macro counting. But do you know what a macro is?


Simply put, macros are the foundation of our food.

A macronutrient is a protein, carb, or fat, that

accounts for the calories in our foods


Protein

This macronutrient has 4 calories per gram. It is

responsible for building muscle, preventing muscle

breakdown and keeping your ligaments, tendons, and

cartilage healthy.


Carbohydrate

This macronutrient has 4 calories per gram. It is

responsible for providing our brain with energy,

recovering from workouts, and preventing muscle

breakdown.


Fat

This macronutrient has 9 calories per gram. It is

responsible for supporting cognitive function, balancing

your hormones, vitamin absorption, and reducing

inflammation in the body.





Let's look a little deeper into how much you should be eating of each.


Protein

This depends on a variety of factors, such as:

Activity Levels

Goals (muscle buidling, fat loss, etc.)

Size of the person

Past dieting history

Digestion

and much more


A general rule is .08-1.2 grams per pound of lean body mass.


Carbs

This depends on a variety of factors much like protein, such as:

Activity Levels

Goals (muscle buidling, fat loss, etc.)

Size of the person

Past dieting history

Digestion

and much more


This macronutrient has no set suggestion. It generally just fills in the

rest of your calories, after proteins and fats have been accounted for.


Fats

This depends on a variety of factors, such as:

Activity Levels

Size of the person

Sex of the person

Hormone Health

Daily caloric intake

Digestion

and much more


This macronutrient has a general guideline or 25-40% of your caloric intake for

the day. The number of grams will greatly change based on your calorie needs.






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