Now that you have some knowledge about calories and how to count them, we can go over macronutrients and what those are for.
A balanced diet?
We are sure you must have heard about a balanced diet. It is called balanced for a reason. You need to eat protein, carbohydrates, and fat in balance. Protein + carbs + fat = MACRONUTRIENTS. If you just decide to drop one of them, your body will not get what it needs.
What are these macronutrients?
Now onto what protein, carbs (short version for carbohydrates) and fat actually are. As mentioned earlier, all of them together are called macronutrients, that’s where “counting macros” is coming from. You need all of these key food groups, protein for building and repairing muscle, carbs for energy and fats to keep you satiated.
Here is a simple sort of table for you to look at, to get the idea of what food goes under each category. It’s just rough examples and there are more foods you can include, especially if you are on a vegetarian or vegan diet. But the main thing does not change. You need PROTEIN, CARBS, and FAT to live a healthy balanced lifestyle.
Now, of course, we are here telling you to eat all those three food groups in balance…but what does that even mean? We cannot tell you exactly how much of this and this you need to eat based on your fitness goals, but there are simple tools on the internet that you can use to get a guideline. Most of us do not have money to start working with a personal trainer or a nutritionist, but that is what the internet is for! There is a lot of free information on there, that you can utilise to reach your goals. Simply type whatever you need into Google and you will find your answers.
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