So you have written down your fitness goals for this year, you are motivated and have already made all the plans to train daily or at least 3 times a week. You have a new gym membership and you have the trendy adidas, nike, under armour and Co. sport clothes for your workout selfies. You have everything figured out but wait, you are missing one little detail: How are you going to manage your macros. Macros what?
Macros, short for macronutrients, are the proteins, carbohydrates and fat that you consume daily.
Protein supports the growth and maintenance of the body. The amino acids that make up proteins are used for building DNA, cell membranes, hormones, receptors, brain chemicals, and many other molecules in the body. Protein is also the second largest source of stored energy (second to fat cells) because of the large amount of muscle that is a steady source of amino acids.
Carbs are the macronutrients that we need in the largest amounts. They are the chains of small, simple sugars that are broken down and enter our bodies as glucose. Glucose (sugar) is the preferred source of energy in our brain, heart, & nervous system. According to the USDA, 45%-65% of our daily caloric intake should come from carbs.
According to the USDA, 20%-35% of our daily caloric intake should come from fat. The key to this macronutrient is avoiding the bad fats and consuming more of the good fats.
Today’s topic is how to successful accomplish your fitness goals by taking in account your macronutrients. I never get fixed in counting my calorie intakes, or stepping to the weight machine, to be honest I only weight myself once or twice a year. I pay attention to the fat in my body, if my skin gets thicker or thinner. I would say you can stress yourself if you are professional athlete, a bikini competitor or a well paid fitness model. If you do not fit to these categories, I will recommend you to save the stress of putting yourself in numbers. But if you still like to count and meal prep and you are fine and excited with counting your macros, then be my guest.
WHY MACROS ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR FITNESS GOAL
If your fitness goal is to be ripped and have a low body fat percentage or loose weight, you can download different apps that will help you tracking your food and the way your macros need to be in a day. My fitnesspal is a easy way to track your food. I use it time to time but I have not time neither patience to type in all the food that I have consumed every day, I prefer hand writing, I am old school.
Let’s recap what a fitness goal is; a fitness goal could be a loose weight, loose fat, build strength, develop a skill, become an athlete, and or keep the body healthy and fit.
If your goal is to build muscle and loose fat, counting your macros will help you in reach your goals. If you want to be healthy and strong, maybe counting numbers will be not that much important. What it is important is for you to understand that there is need to have balance between proteins, carbohydrates and fat. But not only this, but also be mindful in choosing local food in there natural state.
Check out the macronutrients ratios for your fitness goals from Bodybuilduing.com
So yes, choosing the number of the nutrients in your daily food intake brings you to your fitness goal. Is it fat loss? then think macros, macros, macros when you are making your shopping list.