Updated: May 3
Align Your Goals with Your Macros!
Macronutrient planning is one of the top educational tools to use to help you achieve your goals. It’s effective for a good reason – there’s a lot of flexibility that helps each individual develop consistency. Most say it doesn’t “feel” like a diet. But how do you know if you’re doing it right?
In this article, we’ll cover the basics of macronutrients, how to put together macro-friendly meals, and the top 5 macronutrient planning tips to help you be successful in reaching your desired results.
How to Build Macronutrient Meals
First of all, what is a macronutrient?
Defined by the Oxford Dictionary, a macronutrient is “a type of food (e.g. fat, protein, carbohydrate) required in large amounts in the diet.” That’s where counting “macros” comes from – defining the amounts of carbs, fats, and proteins in your diet.
Although it is not a macronutrient and has 0 calories, water is considered just as important as the oxygen we breathe. In general, adults can survive up to 10 days without water and is the single largest component of the human body, comprising about 50 to 70 percent of body weight.
While this article will focus on protein, carbs, and fats, please remember that NO diet is complete without sufficient water intake. That being said, let’s dig into the other 3.
Key to Fat Loss – Protein
Want to know the #1 tip to boost your metabolism and lose fat faster? Focus on adequate protein intake. It really is just that simple.
Protein helps with fat loss by building and maintaining muscle mass, keeps hormones and blood sugar balanced, requires the most calories to digest, keeps you full for longer periods between meals, and reduces appetite for less nutritious foods. Therefore, it’s critical to o