Never Diet Again With This Nutrition Approach

Macros. 

Maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe you haven’t. Either way, I’m here to explain them in a brand new and easy-to-understand (and most importantly, easy-to-retain!) way. 

Class is in session!

(BTW: We’re going to stay very basic here for the sake of time and the purpose of this post.)

The definition of “macronutrient” is “a type of food (e.g., fat, protein, carbohydrate) required in large amounts in the human diet.”

First of all, note the words “required” and “large amounts.” Required is important to note because this immediately rules out a “no carb” diet. There is literally no way our bodies can function properly without carbohydrates. Or fat. Or protein. So quit falling prey to the “no carb” or “no fat” diets. 

We need all 3 of the macronutrients to survive, grow, and develop, and not only that, we need them in “large amounts.” This is why they’re called MACROnutrients, because, yes, there are MICROnutrients, too. 

But this is about the macros: fats. protein. carbohydrates. 

I like to think of each of the macros as a group of workers with a specific job.  The job of the Fats is to provide us with energy and also to be the building material for parts of our cells and brain. Fats regulate hormone levels, and imbalanced hormone levels can have crazy effects on our bodies. 

The job of the Carbs crew is pretty strictly energy. Carbs are a source of fuel for all of the functions of our body. This includes central nervous system and brain functions, so if you’re depriving yourself of carbs, you're sacrificing vital survival functions, not just your physical energy levels. 

Lastly, the job of the Protein workers is building. They repair damaged muscles from exercise, and they build the structures needed for the various tissues in our body, and even our hair! Without protein, our body does not have the “blocks” it needs to build all those essential structures. (Hair is #essential, obvi)

If we can picture each macronutrient as a group of workers, and each food as just a collection of these groups of workers, then it can be pretty obvious as to why it can be a “bad” thing when we consume too much of one type of macronutrient and not enough of another. 

As we said earlier, we need a certain amount of every macronutrient to survive and carry out all our bodily and cellular functions, but once those needs have been satisfied, we don’t need more of the macros. 

What do you think will happen if we have too many energy workers (carbs) running around, but nowhere for them to expend their energy? Or if we have too many “blocks” (proteins) but everything has already been built? 

It’s simple, really, but we’ve overcomplicated it because we haven’t educated ourselves. 

You have workers, and you have jobs to be done. Once the jobs are done, you don’t need to hire more workers. Easy. Too many workers (aka too much of one macronutrient) but no jobs = unemployment. Unemployed workers just sit around, right? I’ll give you one guess what happens to macronutrients that just "sit around"… 

If you guessed they literally sit around, i.e., turn into fat, you’re right!

It’s really not complicated: eat enough of each macronutrient to get the jobs done, and you’re doing great.

Educate yourself.
Quit counting calories, and count the quality of those calories instead. 

Stay tuned for the coming posts about HOW to begin tracking your macronutrient intake!