• Why and how to count macros
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    Why and how to count macros

    Now that you know what are macronutrients, one of the logical follow-up questions to ask is why and how to count macros? Why count macros The number one reason why to count macros is because your dietitian spent a lot of time calculating your requirements. The least you can do is make sure you are eating as many protein, fat and carbs they told you to. Just kidding! As I mentioned in my previous article on macros, recommended breakdowns at a population level are not incredibly useful. Instead, it is better to calculate estimated requirements individualised for your characteristics, preferences and circumstances. I think it is useful to know your…

  • What are macronutrients
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    What are macronutrients?

    Macronutrients or “macros” are the components of food that contribute to energy. Energy, in the nutritional sense, is measured in kilocalories (a.k.a. Calories) or kilojoules. The main macronutrients are protein, fat and carbohydrates (a.k.a. “carbs” or “CHO” for the chemistry-minded people out there). Most foods you can think of are made of a combination or these 3 components. Protein Proteins are structures composed of amino acids. There are 7 essential amino acids for humans, meaning our bodies cannot make them. Foods high in protein include: all animal foods (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, etc.), some legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils, soy), and some nuts and seeds. Protein bioavailability (i.e. how much…