MACRONUTRIENTS – WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT THEM?
It’s a new “buzz word”, but what are they and how will they help me reach my health and fitness goals?
Macronutrients, commonly known as “macros”, is the nutritional term to explain parts of food. All food is broken down into three categories: protein, carbs and fats.
PROTEIN: THE BUILDING BLOCKS
Protein is vital to ensuring a lean and strong body. All clients who come to us say they are seeking a lean and toned body. In order to reach these goals you will need to build lean muscle therefore you MUST eat protein at every meal. If we combine protein with other foods it will change how we utilise the protein, therefore its important to ensure you understand which foods to consume together, if you do not understand this then we reccommend you seek professional guidance. Another great benefit of protein is that it will keep you full longer, so you won’t be tempted to snack between meals. Our bodies use energy while breaking down protein therefore more protein can increase your metabolism which will in turn burn more fat.
Some great sources of protein: Fish, Chicken breast, Lean beef, Kangaroo, Lean pork, Tofu and Eggs.
CARBOHYDRATES: THE ENERGY BOOSTERS
Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of energy. Carbs get a bad rap as many people think of carbs as pasta, bread, cakes, biscuits etc. In reality, most of our carbohydrate intake should come from vegetables and fruit due to their nutrient dense, fibrous and low calorie composition. Less fibrous carbohydrates are best saved for after workouts, when your body is primed and ready to put them to work. This is the perfect time to consume a fruit smoothie, oats, or your favourite treat. Since the energy stores of your muscles (glycogen) get depleted during exercise, then the extra energy you consume from the carbs will immediately be used to replenish them.
Some great sources of carbohydrates: Sweet potato, potato, Pumpkin, quinoa, Taro and Fruit.
FATS: THE REGULATORS
For so long people believed fat was bad, hence the dredded low fat options out there. The truth is fat is awesome its just understand which fat is good and bad. Good fat contains omega-3 and 6 which can have a positive impact on body composition and overall function. Good fats keeps our hair, skin and nails strong and healthy. They regulate our hormones, help to insulate our brain and even help the body absorb important nutritients from our food. Its so important to include a variety of healthy fats daily in place of the low fat and no fat alternatives. As fat is higher in calories its important to know exactly how much you are consuming on a daily basis. We highly recommend weighing and measuring your food.
Some great sources of fats: Avocado, Macadamia nut oil, Coconut oil, Organic butter and Nuts.
If you are unsure about the amounts of macronutrients you should include in each meal, we offer personalised nutritional plans that advise you exactly what to eat, when to eat it and how much to eat to ensure you lose fat, tone up and gain optimal health and vitality.
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