We all hear the new thing “do you count your macros”? yes, yes. The wonderful life of Macros. The correct term is macronutrients… But what does it mean?
Let me tell you. This has changed my life. It is really a wonderful life counting them.
Way back 6 Years ago, I started living a healthier lifestyle. I counted my calories and ate whole grains, veggies, protein, what I do now, but guess how many calories I ate??
1,200! Yikes. That must have sucked right? Well, I lost 20lbs doing it and I felt good, but I was starving my ass off.
I did this for about 2 years. I know, way long. I did enjoy my weekends though.
It worked but I wasn’t enjoying food as much, and definitely wasn’t as toned.
Then I was introduced to counting Macros.
Now I eat a lot more calories, and look and feel better.
I never ever knew how important it was to get the right calories.
NOT saying that eating 1,200 calories is a bad thing to whoever wants to do it, but getting the right calorie is SO important, and here is what I mean.
So there are 4 calories per gram in protein, 9 calories per gram in fats, and 4 calories per gram in carbs.
I recommend you eat 1 gram of protein per body weight, 1.5 in carbs, and .5 in fats.
Using good fats such as the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, along with omega three essential fatty acids, is an important way to improve health and reduce disease, while helping you sculpt the body you want. Bad fats such as saturated, trans and cholesterol types can cause major health problems.
Healthy fats are Avocado, Eggs, Peanut and Almond Butter, and Salmon.
Carbohydrates such as whole grains, quinoa, oatmeal, and whole wheat breads are a good energy source. We need good carbs in order to function properly.
Also, Vegetables and Fruit are a great way to get your carbs, and I highly recommend you eat at least 3 different vegetables a day, or just the same one 3 times a day.
They’re SO good for you skin, hair, nails and overall health.
Protein is the main building blocks of the body. They’re used to make muscles, tendons and skin. So this means, if you want to build lean muscle, you need lots of protein.
You don’t need to eat 30lbs of chicken to do that. There are eggs, protein powders, and protein bars.
Let me know if you have any questions about this, love to hear your feedback and opinions.
Does anyone else count their macros? Whats your favorite way to get protein?
Going to go enjoy some Arctic Zero Cookie Shake with a little light whip on top now, chat with you later 🙂