Do you know what´s the job or function of each macronutrient?
Even when my approach to nutrition is not about counting calories or being perfect with macronutrient ratios it is important that we know and understand at least the basics of nutrition so that we can adjust our meals according to our 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, our body will not respond the same way to protein than to fat and in each group we´ll find healthy and unhealthy options, our body will respond in different ways to this three groups of macronutrients and how healthy they are.
It´s not the same to have a cup of oatmeal than to have some Oreo cookies, for our 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 our body uses them in different ways even if they are healthy options. This is the reason why the famous “calories in – calories out” advice doesn´t work for everyone.
Each macronutrient has its own purpose, to help our 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 know I´ve said before that highly processed food is unhealthy and we need to avoid it as much as possible, now that we avoid all those unhealthy foods we need to start learning about the differences in whole, fresh, healthy food, we know that this healthy foods have the nutrients our body needs to function and we will divide them into macronutrients and micronutrients.
The first we´re going to learn are macronutrients, macronutrients are divided in three: proteins, fats and carbohydrates and our body needs them in big quantities. Each group has its own primarily function making all of them a crucial part of our diet.
I´ve said before that weight lose and fitness in general can be complex, the reason why is because we need to know and understand the job of each macronutrient and how our body responds, once we understand this information all fitness goals will be simple.
Knowing the job of each macronutrients is key because we need to manipulate them in certain ways to achieve our fitness goals, if we want to lose fat or gain lean muscle we´ll need to adjust our nutrition and make some slightly changes to support our goal.
For me macronutrients are far more important than calories, I don´t consider a fitness program that only focuses 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 us 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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