MacroTrak

What Are Macros?

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.

How Do You Count Macros?

The easiest way to count macros is using a free macro tracker app (in this case, MacroTrak).

Macros and Calories

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:

The reason to count macros rather than calories is that different combinations of macros have different effects on your body. Protein helps build and maintain muscle. Fats help regulate different processes in your body and keep you feeling full. Carbohydrates supply your body with energy.

By counting and eating macronutrients in the correct amounts, you can progress on your fitness journey feeling full, energized, and less restricted than by counting calories alone.

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