Macronutrients (or “macros”) include protein, fats, and carbohydrates. These three nutrients supply our bodies with all the energy we need and are essential to our survival.
Individuals with different body types, fitness goals, and daily activity levels all require different combinations of macronutrients to keep their bodies energized. For example, a professional athlete requires more energy from macros than the average office worker does.
When an individual regularly consumes more energy than they expend, that individual will gain weight. Conversely, when an individual consistently consumes less energy than they expend, he or she will lose weight. Each person has a unique set of optimal macro targets depending on that person’s body type, daily activity level, and fitness goals. Once you know your recommended macro targets, the key to real change is consistently counting your macro intake.
The easiest way to count macros is using a free macro tracker app (in this case, MacroTrak).
You may wonder whether you should count macros or calories. By counting macros, you actually are counting calories, as there is a fixed number of calories associated with each macronutrient:
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