SHOULD YOU BE COUNTING YOUR MACROS?
Wait, what are they?
The term “Macro” has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Macro counting, Flexible dieting, IIFYM (If it fits your macros) - although it may seem like the new thing, it has been around for a LONG time.
“Macros” are short for macronutrients, which consist of Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats found in food.
All food has macronutrients and all macronutrients contain a certain amount of calories.
1 gram of protein = 4 calories
1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories
1 gram of fat = 9 grams of carbohydrates
Every day we burn calories - the amount you burn depends on a number of things including working out, daily movements, stress and genetics.
Is it good to know the amount of carbs, fats, and protein in foods? YES! Knowing what food items are generally carbs, or proteins or have a large amount of fat is good general knowledge. I think that using an app like www.myfitnesspal.com is a great way to learn this.
Do I think you need to count every single macronutrient that goes into your body?
Check out tomorrow's blog post with my reasons why!
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