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Why we need to focus on macronutrients over calories

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Most people are not aware of the impact food has on our health and the importance it has not only for weight loss, some of them start paying attention to it just to lose weight and they go crazy counting calories, for me that´s not the way to live.

We know that all macronutrients are different so the popular saying of “calories are calories” is not true, all calories are different and they all have a different impact on our body this is why we need to focus on macronutrients and not calories but even when we need to focus on macronutrients we don´t need to get obsessed and count or weight everything we eat. It´s about understanding each macro, identifying foods or learning which foods go in each macro and having a clear idea of how much we´re eating with tools like portion control.

Every macronutrient has its own function in our body and we need them in different ratios but how we set those ratios is important, when we only focus on calories we can achieve those calories with different ratios and all those different combinations of ratios will have a different impact on our body and the macro ratio we´re getting may not be the best for us.

When we focus on macros we´re considering what´s more important, we´re making choices based on the function of each macro and from there we design our nutrition program based on which macro our body needs more and which one less.

Now that we focus on eating healthy, fresh foods and we know that it´s more important to focus on macronutrients we need to know which foods belong to which macro which we will see in other post to go deeper and then we can learn about portion control which we´ll also see in other post.

The reason why we don´t need to measure everything we eat when we focus on macronutrients is that we are giving our body the nutrients it needs to work, function and perform great and all those foods loaded with nutrients will make us feel full and satiated, it´s harder to overeat when we eat real fresh foods and consider macros first. What we can do is have a clear idea of how much we´re eating with a tool I mentioned earlier in this post called portion control. It´s a guide for us to know how much we need to eat of each macro.

If we want to think about calories or macros to reach our fitness goals whether it´s fat loss or muscle growth when we focus on calories we are restricting ourselves and not paying attention to what´s more important, to how things work and how your body responds to different macronutrients, at the end of the day macronutrients are the ones that get the job done, if we just focus on calories we will plateau even if we keep adjusting calories, focusing on macros give us the chance to adjust our macronutrient ratios as we progress without hitting plateaus and we are making sure that our body gets everything it needs to work efficiently and sustain our goal.

Focusing on macros and setting macronutrients is a more advanced level compare to just counting calories but is the right thing to do. We need to understand how each macronutrient works, have a clear goal and be able to measure our progress, protein is needed to repair and build tissue, also for hair, nails; fats are needed for energy, cells and hormonal function, carbohydrates are needed for fiber and energy. This are the basic functions of each macronutrient explained in a simple way.

To set our macronutrient ratios we need to consider our daily activities and workout, if we have a 9 to 5 job where we spend most of the time sitting in front of a computer we don´t need a lot of carbohydrates compared to someone with a more active job.

Our lifestyle, genetics and other factors play an important role when designing our nutrition program, we need to be true with ourselves and modify our diet each day according to the activities, some days we may spend a lot more time sitting at the office doing paper work and other days we may be more active.

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Pam