Have you heard the term macros? Macronutrients, or macros for short, are the three main categories of nutrients that our bodies need in large (macro vs micro) amounts to function properly. The 3 macros are carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Each macronutrient serves a unique purpose in the body and has a different effect on our energy levels, metabolism, and overall health.
3 Types of Macros
- Carbohydrates – Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy, providing the glucose our cells need to function properly. Did you know that veggies are mostly carbs? It’s easy to understand that breads and pastas are carbohydrates, but so are broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach. Fiber is also a type of carbohydrate that’s essential for digestive health.
- Fats – Fats have a bad reputation, but they’re actually an important part of a healthy diet. The different types of fats impact heart health, weight management, and brain function. It’s very important to incorporate healthy fats into your diet. Fats include the obvious like olive and coconut oil, while nuts, seeds, and avocados are also full of healthy fats.
- Protein – Proteins are the building blocks of the body, playing a crucial role in the growth, repair, and maintenance of tissues. The different types of proteins include animal and plant-based sources. Proteins are essential for their impact on muscle development, bone health, and immune function.
Ratio of Macros
Balancing your carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to maximize your metabolism can help you optimize your energy levels, maintain your ideal weight, and improve your overall health. There is no cookie cutter approach, as everyone is different. However, there are basic principles of the keto diet that can support you in losing weight and gaining energy.
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