OK. Macros (or Macronutrients) what the heck are they and why are they important to understand?
First off...your nutritional macros are important and vital to your proper function as a physical human being. Macronutrients are molecules that our bodies use to create energy for themselves and are broken into three types - Fats, Proteins and Carbohydrates. They are found in all foods in varying amounts, measured in grams (g) on the nutrition labels.
When most of us think about diet and nutrition, or going on a diet, our first impulse is to think about calories (unit of energy) and how many calories are in the foods we eat. And while it is true that if your goal is to lose weight you need to consume less calories than you burn, calories are not the end all be all and strategically building a plan of clean foods will make all the difference. Let me give you an example....
You can have a 500 calorie meal, one purchased at a local donut shop
made up of a donut and flavored coffee and the other a big chicken salad with a variety of vegetables and protein on it. One will be significantly more "nutrient dense" and hence more beneficial to your health and wellness of our body than the other. One will be almost exclusively carbohydrate based and the other will be more well rounded balancing out fats, proteins and carbs.
Now my point isn't to tell you not to eat a donut, my point is that you want to strategically understand what a donut has in it (or doesn't as the case may be) and whether it is part of your "plan" for the day/week. See you can make room for the occasional treats and still get amazing results, you just need to be proactive and build a plan with your goals in mind.
Rather my point is for you to realize that you can use the macro content of the foods you eat to support your current fitness goals. For example if your goal is to shed fat from your body and increase lean muscle tissue (a primary goal of many of my boot camp clients), then reducing calories from carbohydrates and increasing calories from fats and proteins will be very helpful. The graphic below provides some general guidance about different macro balances used to facilitate certain results, just remember there is no magic bullet, everyone is different and if you have any health concerns you must see a doctor.
As I mentioned above, everyone is different and just because your friend did great with a particular "diet", doesn't mean that you will have the same results. There is some work involved determining what energy balance makes the most sense for you and your fitness goals.
As part of our program at South Shore Fit Body we include meal plans and a focus on finding the right macro nutrient balance for you. When you use our Pro Diets software you have access to great plans like:
Fat Loss Focused Plans:
Extreme Fat Loss (Fat 16%, Protein 54%, Carbs 30%)
True Paleo - Strength (Fat 43%, Protein 31%, Carbs 26%)
Low Carb - (Fat 27%, Protein 38%, Carbs 35%)
Active Lifestyle Plans:
Weight Loss (Fat 17%, Protein 32%, Carbs 51%)
Energy Booster (Fat 23%, Protein 23%, Carbs 54%)
Low Glycemic (Fat 25%, Protein 30%, Carbs 45%)
Mediterranean (Fat 29%, Protein 23%, Carbs 48%)
One of the really cool things about these programs is that they allow you to customize the foods on the list and adapt them to foods that you are comfortable eating.
Real results happen when you get a great balance of:
exercise (3-4 times per week, for 30-minutes)
self care (sleep, de-stressing).
We work hard to give our clients all of the tools they need to get great and lasting results; returning them to higher levels of energy and vitality.
Want to see how this works? Set up a free strategy meeting today and get a free week of boot camp.