Macros Matter !
They can make the difference between you achieving great results and making no progress at all. They can be the difference between being a happy, healthy person and being tired and grumpy several times a day. So what the hell is a Macro? Macro is short for macronutrient. There are three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats. All foods are divided up into a combination of these three. They are what make up the calorie content of your food. So far, so simple.
- Protein – The key macronutrient for repair and growth of muscle tissues through muscle protein synthesis.
- Carbohydrates – The body’s quick release fuel source, carbs are essential for performance in the gym and muscle sparing.
- Fat – Very important to the body and its systems, particularly energy storage and hormone function.
- Fibre – Of vital importance to digestion; it helps the body move food through the digestive tract, reduces serum cholesterol, and contributes to disease protection.
“I’m eating well. Why am I not getting results and looking and feeling the way I want!?!”
Getting results from your diet and changing your body composition isn’t just about calories in versus calories out or simply eating whole, natural foods. If you’ve been struggling to get the results you want from your diet,it may be because you are getting too much of one macro and not enough of another!,
MACRO has become a buzz word in the diet and ﬁtness industry over the last few years and with good reason. Macros are all the rage because we now know that the ratio of the macros you eat can massively affect not only your health but the results you see when you exercise.
“Your body is not a calorie bank, it’s a chemistry lab!”JJ Virgin
When people embark on a ﬁtness journey (ie they have a goal in mind and results to get after) nutrition is often their biggest challenge. In this post we cover the things you need to know to plan your journey. Go Fiit also has an extensive series of guides in the form of eBooks which will give you all the fastest routes to arrive at your destination a healthier happier you !
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MACRONUTRIENTS AND CALORIES
The simple science of weight/fat loss is burning more calories than you consume, known as a calorie deﬁcit. For weight gain/muscle gain the opposite is true; you must consume more calories than you burn so you’re in a calorie surplus. If you had an approximately equal calorie consumption to calorie output, you’d maintain your weight. But it’s the macronutrients that make up calories we are particularly interested in, the macronutrients give value and purpose to the calories. There are three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Macronutrients are the real key to a diet, because they dictate body composition i.e. how much fat mass you have compared to how much muscle mass. Each macronutrient plays a key, speciﬁc role in the body which is why it’s important to have the right amount of each for recovery, repair, growth, performance, brain function and metabolic regulation.
Counting your calories in still important, whether you’re trying to lose fat or bulk up, but when it’s done in conjunction with counting your macros, that’s when you get the best results.
Research has shown that when you have a calorie deﬁcit and keep your protein high, that’s when you lose the most weight.
Macronutrient focus also takes into account you as an individual. Although there are guidelines on the average ratios and what works for most people, this can vary and sometimes you need an experienced coach to help you ﬁgure those details out. Go Fiit can help you to workout your macros and devise a meal plan specifically for your requirements.
The bottom line is your diet should be worked out with macronutrient ratios as the priority and not just the calories if you want the best results.