Macronutrients Made Easy
By Andy on August 09, 2018
Taking care of your body goes beyond exercise; any nutritionist or athlete will tell you that the secret to success lies not just at the gym, but in the kitchen as well. The word macronutrients might seem intimidating; it might conjure up images of detailed calorie counting and label reading. In reality a macronutrient is quite simple to understand, and making sure you are getting the right amount of them in your diet is even simpler!
What are macronutrients? Put simply, macronutrients are the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats you consume that your body needs to survive and work efficiently. Some serious body-builders might count their macronutrients down to the single gram, but most people who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle or a healthy weight don’t need to be so detailed. Clinical Nutritionist, Kyla Williams, makes this suggestions for the average person trying to make sure they are consuming enough macronutrients:
“An easy way to ensure that you have a healthy balance of macronutrients without counting calories, reading labels or weighing food, is to aim to have half of your plate filled with colourful vegetables (providing carbohydrates and fibre), a small fist size of whole grains or starchy vegetables such as brown rice or a sweet potato, and a fist size of protein-rich food such as meat or fish. Also don’t forget your healthy fats by adding cold oils to salads and nuts and seeds with breakfast or for snacks. If you are vegetarian, you may need to increase your intake of protein-rich foods such as eggs, cheese, beans and lentils.” (https://igennus.com/nutrition-blog/understanding-macronutrients-getting-balance-right-nutritionist-kyla-williams/)
Making sure you are consuming enough macronutrients is vital to your health and performance especially if you lead an active lifestyle. Fueling your body with the proper macronutrients could be the difference between injury, poor health, lethargy, and more. Macronutrients don’t have to be intimidating, and they could just be the next step to a happier, healthier you.
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