How to Count Macronutrients
Updated: Apr 19
Macronutrients are one of those topics that people instantly seem overwhelmed by. And, I get it- it is a lot of information. But, once you understand it, I promise it gets easier. Below is an article from one of my favorites, Dr. Josh Axe. I have posted many of his articles in the past and am a firm believer in his holistic and naturalistic approach to medicine. In the article, Rachael Link, MS, RD discusses the breakdown of caloric intake and macronutrient calculations. And, that information is 100% accurate. However, one thing that has simplified this for me is using an online macro's calculator. My favorite is precisionnutrition.comP and you can find the macro's calculator here. Just remember, this macro counter does not take into account every variable of your life, so try to follow it gently and listen to your bodies response. And, before you get overwhelmed with this article, remember this: the loseit! app that I told you to download will track your macro's for you. Seriously people. You need to download it.
Once we go over the basics of macronutrients, we will dig deeper into gut health, nutrient density, and intermittent fasting. Today, we are just educating ourselves on what macronutrients are. So, let's dig in!
February 1, 2020
Original article and page source can be found here.
While it may seem intimidating at first, counting macros is a common practice among dieters, bodybuilders and health-conscious consumers alike. Not only can it increase weight loss and enhance muscle growth, but it may also improve the overall quality of your diet and promote accountability.
Ready to figure out how many macros you need? Keep reading for everything you need to know about how to count macros and whether or not it can be an effective strategy to improve your diet.
What Are Macros?
The term “macros” refers to macronutrients, which are compounds that provide the body with energy. Macronutrients can be classified into three main groups: proteins, fats and carbs.
Compared to micronutrients (such as vitamins and minerals), we consume much larger amounts of macronutrients in the diet. These foods are found in a variety of sources, and a certain ratio is needed to promote health and optimize growth.