You might’ve heard the term “macros” in discussions about healthy diets and wondered, “What the heck are macros?”
Well, simply put, they are protein, carbohydrates, and fats. And keeping track of how many grams of each you consume each day has become part of mindful eating for millions of people. It’s a flexible way to diet while making sure you’re getting nutrient-rich food, not just a certain number of calories.
Our bodies need all three – even the right kinds of carbs and fats. But how much? Well, that depends on factors like sex, height, weight, chosen diet, and physical activity level. Here is one of many online calculators to help.
Protein is essential for muscles and tissues. Healthy sources include beans, fish, poultry and eggs. It has 4 calories per gram.
The much-maligned carbs provide fuel for your body and brain, allowing protein to handle the muscle. Healthy sources include unprocessed whole grains, veggies and fruits. A gram of carbs also has 4 calories.
Yes, our bodies really do need fats – the good kind, that is. Healthy sources include olives; olive, canola and peanut oil; avocados; and nuts and nut butters. Each fat gram contains 9 calories.
Tracking macros can be an effective way to watch what you eat. It’s certainly going to keep “top of mind” what you’re putting into your body, and that’s always a good thing.
Sometimes we need more help though, and if that’s you…