Macronutrients, or macros for short, are carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. So, basically, everything you eat can be broken down into these three macro-nutrient categories.
How does my body use macros?
- Carbohydrates: Despite their sometimes poor reputation, when consumed from healthy sources, carbs are essential. You need carbs to keep your brain and muscles working at their optimal levels. When eaten and broken down, complex carbs provide the major source of energy to fuel everyday activities.
- Fat: It’s easy to think that the more fat you eat, the more fat you’ll retain. This isn’t necessarily true. Fat is essential for the body to function properly. Healthy fats help with vitamin absorption and supply the body with essential fatty acids it doesn’t make itself. Fats also give the foods we love the flavor and texture that makes them so enjoyable.
- Protein: Protein breaks down in the gut into amino acids and is utilized as building blocks. Protein helps to repair all tissues like muscle, bone, and skin. It’s also used in making essential hormones and enzymes that support your immune system.