Macronutrients, most often referred to as ‘macros’ in the fitness community, have always been an important part of every person’s diet, but have emerged as a popular discussion over the past several years.
Let’s break out a small science lesson first because many people talk about macros — and carbs/fats/proteins — but not everyone may know what they are exactly. There are three macronutrients: carbohydrates (carbs), fats, and proteins. These are called macronutrients because our body needs them in large (macro) amounts.
In basic terms: through digestion, our body breaks down these three nutrients into smaller parts, which eventually yield calories (energy) that our body uses for metabolism (all of the things our body has to do daily to sustain life).
We get other nutrients that are essential for health from food as well — such as vitamins and minerals — however, carbs, fats, and proteins are the three nutrients that provide us with calories for energy and metabolism. Still following?
Carbs are the body’s preferred energy source. Proteins help build and repair muscle and tissues. Fats help us absorb vitamins and are important for hormone balance. These are just some of the functions of carbs, proteins, and fats.
Some fitness professionals argue that there is a ‘certain’ ratio of these nutrients that is optimal for every person, but the fact is that we are all unique and we all metabolize and use these nutrients differently in our bodies. Did you know that on average, genetic differences of only 0.05% make every person unique? It is this very reason that causes each and every person to have a different experience with their diet and their health.
There are people who are slow carb metabolizers and some who are fast. Those who are slow may want to consume fewer carbs daily than those who are fast. This same concept goes for fats.
How would it feel if, based on your genes, you could know where you stand and get insight into what the appropriate balance of macros is for you?
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