Macronutrients are unique to each individual. Nutrients are important for growth, energy, and body function.
Macronutrients, also coined as macros, are nutrients that the body uses in large amounts each day. Think of the macro scale vs the micro scale. Macronutrients are comprised of three groups: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Micronutrients are in minuscule amounts, such as vitamins and minerals.
Each person has different macronutrient breakdown. You can find your macronutrient breakdown online or in person at your local fitness facility.
There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Complex carbohydrates are the better source over simple carbohydrates. Stay away from processed and junk carbohydrates.
Some great sources of carbohydrates are sweet potato, banana, potato, legume, brown rice, and whole grains.
Good fats are unsaturated fats. Limit saturated fat in your diet. Saturated and trans fatty acids should be eaten at a very sparing rate. A few sources of healthy fats are avocados, fish, dark chocolate, and olive oil.
Hair and nails are made of protein. Your body utilizes protein to build and repair tissue. Protein is utilized to make hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals. All in all, protein is a vital building block of cartilage, skin, and blood. A few healthy sources of protein are milk, low-fat yogurt, cheese, nuts, beans, and protein shakes.
Tracking macros can help you get the most out of your training and results. If you work out often and want to see better results – tracking macros can take you to the next level. If you do a lot of cardio you may want to look into adding a higher ratio of carbs. If you do consistent weight training, you may want to look into adding more protein. If you are performing HIIT, carbs are a great energy source.