You might think you have to be a super buff gym-goer to know what macros are, or to learn how to harness them to make a difference to your health and fitness. Wrong.
Macros are a dead easy way to understand what you’re putting into your body on a daily basis, and the first step in understanding basic nutrition.
What are Macros?
Macros is just a shortened way of saying macronutrient. The big, basic building blocks of food. All foods are made up from a combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, in varying proportions – all measured in grams.
For example, if we have a banana that weighs 28g, then we can expect that 26.32g of that banana will be made of carbohydrates, 1.29g will be protein and 0.39g will be fat.
The overall calories in that banana are still 105 kcal – the measurement of energy gained by our bodies when we digest the food – it’s just we are now measuring exactly how those calories come to us.
Why are they important?
Each macronutrient has its own important job to accomplish in our bodies. Carbohydrates provide energy, proteins help us to repair and heal our body’s daily wear and tear, and good fats are important for healthy hormones. Making sure you get enough food from each group every day is important for your body to function at its best!
How do I measure them?
There are some great calorie and macro tracking apps available, many of them for free. MyFitnessPal is a particular favourite, and very easy to use. You can scan your food’s barcode to find out how much of each macronutrient it contains; the app does all the hard work for you!