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Why macronutrients matter

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Even when my approach to nutrition is not about counting calories or being perfect with macronutrient ratios it is important that you know and understand at least the basics of nutrition so that you can adjust your meals according to your goals to get amazing results.

The goal of any diet or nutrition program must be to give nutrients to our body.

Macronutrients give energy to our bodies in the form of calories, you may have heard that “calories are calories” or “all calories are equal”, this is completely false, all three groups are different, your body will not respond the same way to protein than to fat and in each group you´ll find healthy and unhealthy options, your body will respond in different ways to this three groups of macronutrients and how healthy they are.

I know I´ve talked before that highly processed food is unhealthy and you need to avoid it as much as possible, now that you avoid all those unhealthy foods we need to start learning about the differences in real fresh food, we know that this healthy foods have the nutrients our body needs to function and we will divide it into macronutrients and micronutrients.

The first we´re going to learn are macronutrients, now that you eat healthy meals cooked with real, fresh natural ingredients it´s time to know more about those foods. Macronutrients are divided in three: proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Each group has its own primarily function making all of them a crucial part of our diet.

It´s not the same to have a cup of oatmeal than to have a some cookies like Oreo, for your body it´s completely different, it´s not the same to have some rice and broccoli than to have a donut with ice cream. I know this examples look silly but I want to make the point clear, not all calories are created equal. This is comparing healthy vs unhealthy options, if we compare healthy options from different macronutrient groups like avocado with chicken or oatmeal with nuts they are still different and you´re body uses them in different ways even if they are healthy options. This is the reason why the famous “calories in – calories out” advice won´t work for everyone.

Each macro nutrient has its own purpose to help your body function properly every day, I´ll be talking about each macronutrient on separate posts to give you all you need to know and keep it simple so that you can take your time to understand it.

I´ve said before that weight lose and fitness in general can be complex, the reason why is because you need to know and understand the job of each macronutrient and how your body responds, once you understand this information all fitness goals will be simple.

Knowing the job of each macronutrients is key because you need to manipulate them in certain ways to achieve your fitness goals, if you want to lose fat or gain lean muscle you´ll need to adjust your nutrition and make some slightly changes to support your goal.

For me macronutrients are far more important than calories, I don´t  consider a fitness program that only focus on calories to be right because there are different ways to achieve the same amount of calories with different macronutrient ratios and each one will give you different results.

You may know by now that I love food, I love to cook and I consider food to be part of the culture and traditions of each country, I love traditional food and local cuisine. My approach to fitness and weight loss is to keep things simple by avoiding unhealthy, highly processed food and to stick with real fresh food. I don´t count calories, I don´t count points, I don´t weight my food to set macro ratios I just have a clear idea of the amount of food and the types of food I´m eating.

When you understand each macronutrient and have an idea of the amount of food your body needs you´ll be able to enjoy food, I hate the idea of following diets, we´re supposed to enjoy life and for me food is an important part of life but you still need to know the basics so that you can use the information and use it to achieve your goals.

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Pam

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