Nutrition Basics: What are Macronutrients?

Written by Dennis on . Posted in Fitness, Nutrition

While to many of you this night be obvious, to others this might still be something that causes confusion. You’ll hear a lot of things about macronutrient and “macros”, if you don’t know what’s meant this might be confusing! Macronutrients is a term to describe those three substances that the body depends on for energy, recovery and growth: protein, carbs and fat! “Macro” because the body needs these nutrients in large amounts, whereas only trace amounts of the “micro”nutrients are necessary. Protein and carbs have 4kcal per g and fat 9kcal per g. Each macronutrient is needed in different amounts to ensure optimal health and bodycomposition. How much of each you need in the optimal case depends on various individual factors such as age, height, gender, bodyfat, daily activities, goals etc. To make sure your diet fits your macronutrient need do some research and make a plan for yourself or hire a trainer to do that for you. Even though diet trends periodically try to blame one macronutrient for the obesity problems, all three are needed and have their place in a balanced diet! But most “regular” diets have too much one and too little of the other. Don’t let that be you. Know your macros, know your needs.

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