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Do You Even Macro?
COUNT MACROS FOR MORE PERSONALIZED WEIGHT LOSS DO YOU EVEN MACRO?
Dream up your favorite food. Now, think about the last time you ate it. Is it rich, delectable, and a food you avoid so you can fit into your pants? What if there was a diet that made room for it and still allowed you to lose weight? Welcome to the wonderful world of macro dieting. It’s all about balancing the food we eat with our lifestyle and genetic makeup. Often referred to as IIFM (If It Fits Your Macros), macro diets are one of the hottest — and most flexible — nutrition plans out there. Remember the food pyramid? Macro diets recall that straightforward figure. They focus on the three macronutrients we get from food: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. These three nutrients are distributed according to a ratio of how much you’ll consume on a given day.
with its breakdown of calories. The exact ratio varies according to your metabolism, activity level, and goals. Your macros might be 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent fat, or 50 percent protein, 25 percent carbohydrates, 25 percent fat. What’s the benefit of this extra calculation? Whereas many diets generalize calories into one number, the macro approaches them more holistically. Not only does it take into account your weight, but it also bases your macros on your energy use (most often using your basal metabolic rate, or BMR). Basically, the macro approach is more personal. Need help tracking your macros? There are a number of apps out there that offer to count them for you. Some even allow you to scan food labels at the store. On top of that, many trainers offer these services. All of these options can help
you reach your macro goals and still give you time to go on a run. Like any diet, there are weaknesses. The macro diet offers a lot of flexibility, but if you eat ice cream for dinner, even if it fits your macros, you’ll probably have a tougher time getting to the gym and halting your Netflix binge. When it comes to this diet, you’ll need to choose the foods that make up your protein- carbohydrate-fat ratio. Consulting a nutritionist can be a great way to determine what macros will help you feel your best.
Unlike similar counting-based diet plans, the macro diet gets personal
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