Macronutrients or ‘macros’ for short consist of protein, carbohydrates and fats. They are essential as they allow us to produce energy and live a healthy lifestyle. Each food that we eat consists of different amounts of macros. When trying to achieve fitness goals, the amount and the ratio of macros that you consume are a crucial factor that can help you achieve your goals more efficiently and effectively. When keeping a food diary, the amount of macros you consume can be more important than the amount of calories that you are eating.
Generally when trying to lose weight or tone up, a high percentage of protein is recommended and a lower percentage of fat and carbohydrates make up the remainder of your macros. It is also important that you are eating clean, wholesome, quality foods to make up your calories and macros.
Protein is essential as it keeps you full for longer and helps to retain and gain muscle mass. Some examples of lean protein include chicken breast, lean beef steak and white fish.
Fats are necessary for healthy hormone and brain function while also being a source of energy. Some examples of healthy fats include avocado, olive oil and unsalted nuts.
Carbohydrates are our main energy source that fuel us for physical activity. Some examples of good carbohydrates include sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa and most vegetables.
Tailored caloric and macronutrient advice based on your goals and individual circumstance is available as part of certain personal training packages.