Macronutrients or “Macros” are the basic components of all the calories of food we eat. These include 3 categories: 

  • FATS

Each of these provides essential nutrients for daily function and survival. The ratio of these three results in your body composition, and finding the correct balance supports you to maintain lean muscle, burn fat, and stay healthy.

  • Carbohydrates provide quick energy and fuel your brain.
  • Fats are long-lasting sources of fuel and play a large role in nutrient storage and balancing hormones.
  • Proteins work to maintain, repair, and create cells within in body.

So, when you are counting macros, you are counting the grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fats you are eating and in total how many calories. 

  • PROTEIN: 4 calories / gram
  • CARBOHYDRATES: 4 calories / gram
  • FATS: 9 calories / gram

While total calories is superior when talking weight loss or weight gain, macro balance is key when seeking fat loss, muscle gain or performance. Adjusting the ratios or macros to the individual allows them to meet their needs and goals. This is where the names Counting Macros, Flexible Dieting and If It Fits Your Macros come from. 

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