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Healthy Diets: What Are Macros?

Most likely you have heard about something called macros, but you may not know what they are. The full name is macronutrients, but most of the cool kids just say macros. Macros are what constitute the caloric content of healthy meals for specific fitness goals.

Foods are composed of three types of macros: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Many health diets will simply concentrate on caloric intake. However, it is also important to understand what makes up those calories to be able to achieve the right healthy balance to help you reach your fitness goals.

When referring to fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, consider healthy fat, complex carbs, and lean proteins. To be able to lose weight, you must be in a caloric deficit. It's just that simple. There are a slew of diets, pills, and gimmicks out there, but in the end of the day, you want to burn off more calories than you eat and be healthy and reach your fitness goals.

Let's be honest, you can be in a caloric deficit by eating ice cream and fries all day. Is that healthy? Not really. So ensuring a calorie deficit while eating the right healthy nutrients is crucial to achieving your weight loss goals in a sustainable and healthy way.

So how do you know how many of each macronutrient to eat in a day? There are lots of online calculators out there, and almost every one of them will give a different outcome. There are also some specific formulas you can use, so if you like math, try them out. There isn't a magic ratio for fats, carbs, and protein, just that you're focusing on balanced, healthy meals.

Everyone will respond differently to more/less carbs, protein, and fat loss. If you don't have the mental bandwidth or time to figure out and tweak your macros, or the idea of it stresses you out, our expert personal trainers would be more than happy to work with you on this.

As your personal trainer we can help guide you towards the appropriate ratios to make sure that you are feeding your body what it needs to stay healthy and keep up with your workouts and fitness goals. The added benefit of including your personal trainer in your diet plan is the advice, guidance, and most importantly accountability.

It can be a pain but if your goal is to loose weight in a healthy way and transform your diet, it is important to log what you eat. It can seem boring and tedious, but it's effective and the longer you can do it, the easier it gets. It also provides your personal trainer with the knowledge that they need to offer you guidance and maybe help shed light on what changes are needed.

A healthy diet goes hand in hand with fitness. You really can’t achieve your fitness goals without the proper diet. As personal trainers we recommend not focusing on the scale. In the beginning, you may shed a lot of weight. Focus more on the way you feel and how your clothes are fitting.

Ready to achieve your health and fitness goals? Set up an initial consult with one of our trainers at SRQ Health & Fitness and let's hit the ground running.



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