LESSON 1: What are “macros” anyway?
“Macros” is a term short for macronutrients, and refers to eating a certain ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fats to meet certain goals. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to setting macros. Every person is different and your personal macro target will be ever changing as well as you progress and your goals change.
The body needs a good balance of protein, carbs, and fat to function properly and be healthy.
Protein is important as it is the building block of muscle. The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns at rest.
Carbohydrates are important because they provide fuel for your daily activities.
Fats also provide energy and are needed for metabolic function as well as the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, among other things.
Counting macros can be a great way to diet for a time sensitive goal such as a fitness competition because it allows you to eat the foods you like (as opposed to following a meal plan set for you), you just have to make the food you choose fit the parameters of your calorie and macro goals.