What are MACROS?
What are MACROS?
"Macros" , Short for Macronutrients are simply the type of food we eat, categorized into 3 components: proteins, carbohydrates and fats (lipid). "Tracking Macros", or "Macro Counting", refers to eating a certain amount of Proteins, Fats and Carbohydrates each day, that is allocated in an individual's daily caloric budget, based off of their personal goals and preferences. Each individual should have their own unique set of allocated Macros based off of their TDEE (Total daily energy expenditure), and designed to be either in a deficit or surplus to meet their goals and needs. Macros are calculated to fit the caloric requirement an individual needs to be in based off of their goal. After establishing the proper caloric intake, macros are then created to fit that amount. There are 9 calories in one gram of fat, and 4 calories in one gram of protein or carbohydrate.
Tracking Macros requires thorough accuracy and consistency with food selections, food measurements (using a food scale in the beginning) and properly tracking, using tracking application such as My Fitness Pal. Macro Allocations should be changed, as WE change, too, based off of our new goals or new circumstances. Macro counting is an effective approach that can be used for any goal whether the goal is fat loss, weight gain, muscle gain, hormonal repair, and maintenance. Anyone can track macros since any food intolerance or preference can be taken into consideration, whether an individual follows a balanced approach, low carb, low fat, carb cycle, ketogenic, plant based, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, plant based, etc. Learning how to eat within your Macro Allocations can allow you to meet your goals and still lead a balanced lifestyle without depriving yourself of the foods you love.