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What are Macronutrients?What YOU need to know

Updated: Jul 22, 2020


Did you know? That even though you are in a calorie deficit not having the right macros will stall your progress understanding macronutrients is very important for anyone who wants to enjoy their life and improve their overall fitness.

I have had many clients come to me not knowing what macros are and it was I big reason why they were not reaching their goals. That frustration led to feeling lost, not knowing how to approach their overall health and wanting to give up. Knowing the basics of macronutrients will not only help you feel better but set you on the right path to achieving your health goals.

If you find that you need help with your macronutrients because you're just not sure where to start please reach out and message me directly to schedule a phone consultation.

I myself did not know how macronutrients worked and thought I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I worked out. It wasn't until I decided that I wanted to gain muscle correctly with out gaining fat that I finally understood knowing my macros which are protein carbs and fats and what ratio I should be having did I finally see success.

So what are macronutrients? Macronutrients can be referred to as the substance the humans need in mass quantities in order to survive and function properly.

The three macronutrients we are gonna  focus on today are carbohydrates proteins and fats. Real quick though before I go forward just understand that every body is different and depending on your body type  You will need different percentages of protein carbs and fat compared to that of a different body type  If you wanna get a better idea of what body type you are and how they fit your macros click the here.

Carbohydrates Are often looked as the enemy and you should avoid at all costs if you're trying to lose weight but in reality they are a huge help to your well being and fitness goals.  Yes you find carbohydrates in foods you should be avoiding like candy Processed foods In a lot of drinks that have way to much sugar however you find carbohydrates in Fruits vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds and legumes all good things that your body needs.

So very briefly to explain the difference between a simple carbs and a complex card simple carbs can be found in fruits vegetables and milk and they are easily digested by the Body

While starchy carbs or more likely be found in Potatoes Whole grains beans and peas And are made up of sugar molecules that are strong together in long complex chains Hence they take longer to break down but provide more lasting energy in the body than a simple   Carbohydrate

So just to you know for every gram of carbohydrate That You eat equals 4 calories. So for Example I am allowed a 100 g of carbs per day that means I can have 400 calories worth of of carbs. When you consume carbohydrates they are turn into glucose Which is used by the body for energy and fuels all your activities I going for a jog or playing basketball and any extra glucose is stored in the liver or the muscles and if there is an excess that converted to fat.

Next is protein and the same as carbohydrate for every gram of protein equals 4 calories. Protein chemically is composed of amino acids and those amino acids are the building blocks for muscle mass. Which is why you hear a lot of times if you wanna gain muscle you gotta eat more protein and to an extent this is true you should consume a greater amount of protein than you normally do.  You could find protein in animal Animal products like steak Fish chicken as well as nuts and Legumes and like I mentioned every body type is different so you might need more protein than others.

Now let's get to fats fats again have a bad rap themselves and a lot of people say get low fat get as little fat as possible. However one thing that people don't consider is your body needs fats in order to work properly. Now I'm not telling you to eat a bunch of fatty foods What I'm saying is that your body needs essential fatty acids in order for the body is store energy insulate us and protect our vital organs they also act as messengers and helping proteins do their jobs.

Keep this in mind as well that when it comes to one g of fat you get 9 calories more than double the amount of calories you get per gram of protein or carbohydrate So you have to be careful when consuming the certain amount of fats not to over do it.

So there you have those are your Macro nutrients protein carbs and fat I hope a lot of my clients here At LSL Fitness with setting the right macro nutrients for their body type their workout schedule. If you have questions or need help setting up your macro nutrients for your workout and your goals your more than welcome to schedule free Phone consultation 

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