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What are macronutrients, or 'macros'?

What are macronutrients, or 'macros'?

Macros, or macronutrients, are nutrients that your body needs in large quantities. There are three macronutrients: protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Micros, or micronutrients, are nutrients that your body needs in much smaller quantities. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals such as zinc, magnesium, vitamin C etc. 

Macros provide your body with the energy that it needs in order to maintain its functions. All three macros are essential to your body functioning, which is why we DO NOT promote excluding any of them from your diet. 

You might have heard people referring to counting macros, or asking what the macro breakdown of a meal is. All this means is how the meal is proportioned between protein, fat and carbohydrates. For example, our brekky smoothie is 62% fat, 23% protein and 15% carbs. Another way of showing this could be: 62F/23P/15C. The total will always add up to 100. 

This is how we show macro breakdowns in EAT Nutrition Guide + Meal Plans:

 

Why do some people count macros?

Because they are matching their goal to their macros. The proportion of macros that you consume can greatly affect whether or not you reach your goal. 

For example, if your goal is to gain weight, we recommended that you consume more carbs than fat and protein. Whereas if your goal is to lose weight, we recommend that you consume more fat and protein than carbohydrates.

And fun fact, vegetables are fibrous carbohydrates! Not a lot of people realise that vegetables are carbs. If you cut processed carbs from your diet, e.g. bread, pasta and cereal, it won't cut carbs from your diet completely if you still eat vegetables.

If you would like to tailor your nutrition to match your goal, we have taken care of the macro counting for you in EAT! We have tailored the three four-week meal plans to meet your personal goal, whether it be to Lose, Gain or Maintain. 

At the end of the day, balance is what will lead to a healthy life, not counting macros. So happy EAT’ing!

Simon + Karina x

1 comment

Mar 18, 2018 • Posted by Tara MacDonald

This article was so informative and so fun to read! Thank you for sharing Karina. Week 12 is almost here and I’ve been working so hard. Thanks for all ththe support and love.

-Tara

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