The Honest Truth about Macros and What You Need to Know

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What are Macros?

In the modern world of fitness and celebrity fitness personalities the words 'macros' and 'micros' are often thrown around. These words are abbreviations for macronutrients and micronutrients. And these words have been around for a long time.

Macronutrients or macros are sources of your three primary nutrients, which are proteins, carbs and fats.

Micronutrients or those nutrients which add supplemental nutritional values to the proteins, carbs and fats. These come in the form of vitamins, minerals, salt and sugars.

What do you take away from macros?

Now this is the issue. A lot of fad diets have spewed out incorrect information. Or additionally, if one were to read a lot of information from conflicting sources a lot of actual nutritional advice can get lost in translation. For example, a question we often get asked on our consultation page is “proteins vs carbs?” Now this question is one of the fundamentally misinformed pieces of information out there from fad diets regarding macros.

What is the truth about daily macros?

The truth is, our body needs all of them. Proteins, carbs, fat, sugar, salts – the whole thing. How much of each depends on our body type, our dosha type, (take our dosha quiz here to know yours) and our fitness goals. For example, if your goal is to maintain muscle mass you would want to ensure that protein intake is about 1 gm per 1 lb of body weight. If you are training for endurance, a carb diet focused is what your daily macro intake might look like.

However if you are looking for a general healthy daily nutritional intake, you would want your dinner plate to look something like 45% of carbs, to 40% of protein with the remaining 15% being healthy fats. It goes back to what we all learned in school, eating a healthy balanced diet is key. And pretty sage advice. If you’re looking specifically for a diet for getting in shape fast, we have a must read for you. Remember to eat healthy, stay active and love your body.

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