The Lowdown on Macros

Updated: Aug 3, 2021

We’ve all heard the term MACROS before, but what are they really?? ⠀



Macros, short for macronutrients, are nutrients that the body needs in large amounts. These provide the body with energy (calories).There are three macronutrients – carbohydrate, fat and protein – and ALL are necessary to fuel our bodies. Cutting out any of these nutrients can lead to detrimental effects on the body, mind, and performance. ⠀

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CARBOHYDRATES provide the main fuel source for our body’s energy needs. Yes you heard me right, main fuel source. We need carbs to keep our brain and muscles working at their optimal levels. They are best utilized for high-intensity or long and tough training sessions. Examples include: breads, oatmeal, beans, rice, pasta, potatoes, fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy and legumes. 🍞🥔🍚🥦🍓🍌⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

PROTEIN is the building block of the body. Protein helps to repair and build muscle and also plays a role in metabolism and hormone function. It’s important to note that over-consuming protein won’t lead to extra muscle gain; instead it will just be excreted. Examples include: eggs, poultry, sirloin and lean ground beef, fish, cheese and soy products. 🥚🥩🥓🧀🍤

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FATS provides us with energy at rest for basic body functions and are a good source of fuel for lower intensity and long duration exercise. On top of being an energy source, fats are important for proper inflammatory responses for recovery, joint lubrication and protection, nutrient absorption and even brain function. They also help us feel satisfied when we eat meals and snacks. Examples include: nuts, nut butters, seeds, salmon, tuna, olives & olive oil, and avocados & avocado oil. 🥜🥑🐟⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


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