First and foremost, knowing what you’re counting is super important, right? Well, “macro” is short for macronutrient.
What’s a macronutrient?
They’re the three categories of nutrients you eat the most and provide you with most of your energy: protein, carbohydrates and fats. So when you’re counting your macros, you’re counting the grams of proteins, carbs or fat that you’re consuming.
Why do people count macros?
Keeping track of your macros can help you make smart, healthy food choices. It’s similar to counting calories but it takes the ideology one step further.
Protein matters even more so beyond 40. Protein is vital for muscle growth and repair, especially after exercise. It’s super easy to get out of balance when we aren’t being purposeful with what we are eating. Low energy and other pesky symptoms may be remedied with just a change in food but how do we know if we aren’t aware we aren’t getting enough protein, carbs or fats.
Tracking food can feel unnatural, but it’s a must when we are first making changes. After some time we get used to portion sizes and making purposeful choices then we can ease away from it. Like building any other habit there is a learning period that must take place.
Don’t worry you won’t have to track forever if you don’t want to.