Whether you’re trying to lose weight, train for a marathon or maintain a well-balanced healthy diet, you should consider counting your macronutrients – a.k.a. “macros.” Macros are protein, fat and carbohydrates – the three key components for maximum nutrition.
Carbs provide the fuel and energy your body needs, while fat insulates and protects the bones and organs and helps in brain development, and protein builds and repairs your muscles, organs, skin and blood.
When you’re eating a macro diet, you’re tracking the consumption of carbs, fats and protein while aiming to consume a certain amount of each, depending on your lifestyle and goals.
Ready to go Macro?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends, per serving, 45 to 65 percent carbs, 10 to 35 percent protein and 20 to 35 percent fat. So really, if you think about it, it’s a numbers game. If you want to lose weight, consider reducing the carb intake and upping your proteins. If you are an athlete who competes in marathons, you may want to increase your carb intake.
Ahead of your fitness goals, first figure out how many macros you need on a daily basis. This is really important, especially for those who want to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. (Consider consulting your doctor or nutritionist before beginning a macro diet.)
There are several tools that may help you determine the number of macros needed daily, such as “If It Fits Your Macros” and yours truly, Fresh Meal Plan.
Our wide variety of meal plans accommodate almost any diet, even if you are a vegetarian. We create calorie-controlled portions that are made of lean proteins for muscle, complex carbohydrates for energy and fibrous vegetables for your metabolism.
Because counting macros daily can be challenging and add an extra task onto your already-busy schedule, our meal plans save macro dieters time.